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(7) Snow Line

Middle English can be tricky, but resources exist to help you get started. (For these, see the "Best of the Web.") Making things a little bit easier, though, is the fact that the form of "The Wife of Bath's Tale" is familiar to anyone whose parents read fairy tales to them when they were a little kid. The familiarity of the genre offsets the difficulty of the Middle English a bit. So we say, bring it on!

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