Which underlying theme of the work is evident in the passage?
the importance of family
comic love triangle
The Reeve's Tale
by Geoffrey Chaucer (excerpt)
A thief he was, forsooth, of corn and meal,
And sly at that, accustomed well to steal.
His name was known as arrogant Simpkin.
A wife he had who came of gentle kin;
The parson of the town her father was.
With her he gave full many a pan of brass,
To insure that Simpkin with his blood ally.
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Courtly love is when a knight is in love with a married woman, so would this me courtly love?
however the thief is not in love with a married woman. He is married to the woman. Therefore I believe it is a cosmic love triangle.
Stealing is his love, wife is his love, hence forming a triangle.