REALITY?: Of Campuses and Chaucer

Had a rather delightful meeting with a young woman who’s a fellow blogger and former student at Tunxis CC while she’s on semester break from Vassar.  It was nice to meet her in person after reading her version of her life on Bad Serendipity and some of her story writing that displays an unusual viewpoint and some completely awesome descriptive phrases. 

Prior to the meeting I ran into a few friends then sat to wait for Carolyn in the ‘old’ cafeteria. I got a cup of hazlenut coffee and started to read a book I’d pulled from the shelves at home only because of it’s size–able to fit into the pocket of my raincoat.  By the first few lines I was taken in by Geoffrey Chaucer’s The Wife of Bath.  Carolyn has assured me that the version written in Middle English is truly the one to read and it’s something I’ll be adding to my To Buy list.

One of the things Carolyn and I discussed was the communication of the internet that creates some bonds that would never otherwise have been discovered, and the change in relationships in dealing with others in a less personalized manner as far as physical connection goes.  We talked family, school, hypertext and the Mac.  Good stuff.  A fine young woman who seems to have a good head on her shoulders, is smart, and still holds the lens of a child to see things as we sometimes forget to do.

The only thing I regret in meeting with Carolyn is that some of the mystique is gone.  She now knows I am not really 5′ 8" tall.

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2 Responses to REALITY?: Of Campuses and Chaucer

  1. Carolyn says:

    Haha. I can’t believe you lied about your height!
    And I’m truly flattered. Thanks for the nice things you said!

    Concerning Chaucer, if you’re serious about reading him, you ought to invest in the Norton Critical Edition, and you should brush up on some Middle English. SO much is lost in translation (I’ve read some translations). And reading it aloud to yourself is so delightful. It’s a language that bounces, you’ll find. Chaucer is so loveable. If the Canterbury Tales were the Bible, then I’d be an evangelical. While you’re at it, read Pearl. It’ll rock your world.

  2. Lisa Kenney says:

    I truly believe that some of my blogging friends know me better than people who “know” me in person. So many topics that are important to me are discussed “out here” but aren’t a mutual interest for most of my “real” friends, relatives and acquaintances. I’ve been fortunate to meet seven people who live in Denver and blog. Some of them I met through my novel class first and some I met online first. It’s pretty cool! Beware if I ever visit Connecticut 🙂

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