Chaucer (CHAW-sur), a dreamer. In a vision, he is denounced by Cupid for heresy against the laws of love for writing and translating disparaging remarks about womankind.
Cupid, the god of love. In a dream, he accuses Chaucer, the dreamer, of heresy against love’s laws.
Alceste (al-SEHST), the wife of Admetus and the companion of Cupid in Chaucer’s dream. She suggests that Chaucer win Cupid’s forgiveness by writing a legend of wives and maidens forever true in love.
Cleopatra (klee-oh-PA-truh), the queen of Egypt, whose love of Antony is so great that, on his death, she causes herself to be bitten by a poisonous serpent.
Antony, Cleopatra’s beloved.
Thisbe (THIHZ-beh), the daughter of a lord of Babylon. She is loved by Pyramus, who, mistakenly thinking her dead, commits suicide. She finds his body and, in her grief, joins him in death.
Pyramus (PIHR-a-muhs), the son of a lord of Babylon and Thisbe’s beloved.
Dido (DIH-doh), the queen of Carthage. According to Chaucer, Aeneas wins Dido’s...
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