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Vector Linux--Chaucer's Beautiful Hag

Apr 26, 2007, 12:00 (0 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by D.C. Parris)

"In the Wife of Bath's Tale, part of Geoffrey Chaucer's 'The Canterbury Tales,' a knight caught in the act of raping a woman is sentenced to discover what women truly desire. To help our modern readers understand how that might be considered punishment, it's a lot like sending someone to discover why Windows crashes without explanation. The knight winds up baffled, unable to answer the question--and thus bound to die for his crime.

"Alas, he encounters an old hag who saves his life by giving the answer, and then demands he marry her as repayment. To make a long story short, the old hag becomes young and beautiful--but not before he grants her 'mastery' over him. And they live happily ever after. And so the relationship with Vector Linux 5.8 Standard Gold edition begins--ugly, but practical, giving way to faithful beauty..."

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