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An entertaining gloss on the whole business of moving around it the dark is, 
of course, Chaucer's The Reeve's Tale. That is the one where two students 
(from Cambridge, too, tut tut) spend the night with a dishonest miller and 
his family and get their revenge by [swiving] (please substitute your 
preferred polite word) the miller's daughter and wife respectively. The 
mainspring of the nocturnal errors is the fact that student Allan shifts the 
baby's cradle from the foot of one bed to the other thus totally confusing 
the navigational aids in the darkened room. There is also a reference to a 
gleam of moonlight coming in through the shutters at a crucial moment.

BMC


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> medieval-religion: Scholarly discussions of medieval religion and culture
>
> There is also a monograph on pre-industrial darkness called "History
> of Night."
>
> Stephen

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