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Symbols in The Canterbury Tales

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The Knight’s Tale

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"all in black..."   (The Knight’s Tale)

Wearing all black indicates that the ladies are in mourning. Wearing black clothing when someone dies or tragedy befalls a community dates back to the Roman Empire. When mourning, Roman citizens would wear a toga pulla, a toga made of dark-colored wool. The tradition continued through the Middle Ages until present day.

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