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Perhaps I might put up my notice of warning, and warn the reader not to read the second chapter.Now I come to think of it, I might warn him not to read the book at all; but in this, perhaps, there would be a tinge of inconsistency.I am sorry; I could easily have ended differently; it would be much more simple and sociable to treat Chaucer only as a charming companion and sit down with him at the Tabard without further questioning about whence he came.But something is due to conviction; my book was bound to make some attempt to explain Chaucer; and this is the only way I can explain him.And I was also confronted with the fact, which seems to me quite as certain a fact, that he was much more sane and cheerful and normal than most of the later writers.He was less delirious than Shakespeare, less harsh than Milton, less fanatical than Bunyan, less embittered than Swift.I fear that the reader will only pause to wonder, with not unjust irritation, why I sometimes seem to be writing about modern politics instead of about medieval history.I can only say that the actual experience, of trying to tell such truths as I know about the matter, left me with an overwhelming conviction that it is because we miss the point of the medieval history that we make a mess of the modern politics.
Lastly, it would be affectation on my part to deny that the very subject forces me to face (or as ostentatiously to avoid) a subject on which I am in a sense expected to be controversial; on which I could not really be expected to be non-controversial.
The whole point, so far as I am concerned, is that it is as easy for an ordinary Englishman to enjoy Chaucer as to enjoy Dickens.
Dickensians always quote Dickens; from which it follows that they often misquote Dickens.
It were perhaps too sanguine a simplicity to say that this book is intended to be popular; but at least it is intended to be simple.
It describes only the effect of a particular poet on a particular person; but it also expresses a personal conviction that the poet could be an extremely popular poet; that is, could produce the same effect on many other normal or unpretentious persons.