Toilus' friend, Pandarus, is a real character! He has so much life, so much feeling, so much imagination in his approach to a solution to Troilus' problem. He is full of humour one moment. The next he is suffering with Troilus. Then a moment later he's witty and laughing.
Criseyde is a disappointment, to say the least (But then we know she's going to fail Troilus - the back cover gives it all away. Why do publishers do that? - it spoils it for the reader who doesn't know the story!). The change, however, is so sudden it surprises. There is no sign of it coming in their love making. She doesn't intend to be unfaithful, but unexpected circumstances challenge her commitment to Troilus, and the temptation is too strong for her.
One surprise - and a matter of great delight for me - was to find in such a massive poem a long theological discussion on Free Will and Foreknowledge. To encounter such a subject dealt with in this type of poem was a real surprise, and Chaucer controls the discussion magnificently. Many a theologian has written a long, boring, and incomprehensible, tome on such a theme, but Chaucer manages to use the medium of a poem to make it easy to understand!...Continua