Mouse encounters the teachers and matrons of the boarding school “who remind her of Chaucer’s Wife of Bath because they are the only women she has met who live by their own rules.” (“Preface” vii)
Geoffrey Chaucer, The Canterbury Tales a series of stories of pilgrims’ travels written @ 1380 tale: “Prologue of The Wife of Bath”
“ We were all Wives of Bath – from the teachers who terrorized us with their bells and gatings to the overfed boarders and snobby day girls..but no matter how hard any of us struggled...Bath Ladies College was only a fiefdom in the kingdom of men.”
flat and round
E.M. Forster, Aspects of the Novel (1927)
characters are collections of contradictions
DISCUSS in your GROUP
flat or round?
what conflicts or contradictions does the character represent?
what does he/she bring to the story?
TO DO: pick a passage that shows an example of one of the above