Peterborough tale

Last modified: 1/19/2015 7:08:08 PM
I walked from Dublin to Peterborough on Sunday with the NH Rebellion. I wonder how great writers would describe that walk.

Thoreau wrote about the kind of walking I usually do. He wrote about why one walks — alone. But this was different. More like Boccaccio or Chaucer — very interactive. There’s not much in Chaucer’s Canterbury Tales about what his pilgrims were traveling for — mostly for themselves and the enjoyment of spring, it seems. Boccaccio’s travelers were fleeing the plague. We walked to Peterborough fleeing nothing — and surely not to enjoy the “showers sweet.” I walked with a lawyer, a doctor, a scientist, an older woman who raised children and sculptures, a young woman who was trying to figure out what she was, or going to be. Chaucer portrayed many of his pilgrims as selfish, corrupt, and abusive of power some of them held in their day jobs. I think they would have not been on the walk to Peterborough.

Richard Cornelius lives in Keene.


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