Class began as scheduled at 9:30am in Morrill Hall Room 202. The class roster listed nineteen students, unchanged from last class meeting. Only thirteen attended.
Formal discussion opened with the distribution of hard copies of the grading rubric for the upcoming annotated bibliography. Requirements for the assignment were reviewed and questions about them answered. Students were exhorted to begin work on the bibliographies early and to seek review of them often; the assignment is not one which rewards procrastination.
Discussion moved on to the historical and personal contexts of Geoffrey Chaucer. Extensive reference was made to the Riverside Chaucer, edited by Larry D. Benson. The General Prologue was touched upon, with attention paid to the fit of character descriptions therein to the tales the characters tell along the way.
Attendance was assessed through an informal writing assignment. Students will be afforded opportunities to improve their grades later in the week; attention to the details of the readings is encouraged.