"After The Scole Of Stratford Atte Bowe"
Context: The Canterbury pilgrims, a diverse group, having lodged by chance at the Tabard Inn in Southwark, decide to travel together to the shrine of Thomas à Becket at Canterbury and to tell tales to alleviate the tedium of the journey. In the Prologue, which establishes the framework for the pilgrimage and introduces the taletellers, Chaucer describes the physical appearance and gives the background of each of the pilgrims. Among them is a prioress whom the poet, although he respects her greatly, may be satirizing very gently. The school at Stratford at Bow, for example, could hardly compare its French with that of Paris.
Ther was also a Nonne, a PRIORESSE,That of hir smylying was ful symple and coy;Hire gretteste ooth was but by Seinte Loy;And she was cleped madame Eglentyne.Ful weel she song the service dyvyne,Entuned in hir nose ful semely,And Frenssh she spak ful faire and fetisly,After the scole of Stratford atte Bowe,For Frenssh of Parys was to hire unknowe.