Though she expresses, as Wordsworth suggests in a note to his version of the tale, much anti-Semitic bigotry, she allegedly balances her hatred with "tender-hearted sympathies" for the Christian clergeon and his mother (ChTrans 36).
The tenderness that joins together the medieval and romantic poets is doubly connected to Edward, the clergeon, and their displays of piety.
33) To capture this supersession, the Prioress situates the murdered clergeon and his sorrowful mother, the "newe Rachel," against the backdrop of Herod's massacre of the Holy Innocents, alluding to the account of it in Matthew 2:16-18--a text that itself alludes to the old Rachel weeping for her lost children in Jeremiah 31:15.
The clergeon symbolizes otherness through his deformity, which makes him similar to the Jews as embodiments of difference.
Monstrosity remains a powerful metaphor of otherness and it seems that the unusual state the clergeon found himself in might have been fascinating to the medieval audiences not only due to his holiness, but also because of the difference he represented with his throat slit and still reproducing the anthem, Alma Redemptoris Mater.
Here we do not have any allusions to more ordinary activities of children of his age, which makes the clergeon a representative of Curtius' puer senex topos (1990: 98-105).
The little clergeon must fulfill his desire to learn the antiphon, Alma redemptoris mater, in secret because if he openly favored it over his primer, he would risk not only scolding but physical punishment as well:
The only place for the clergeon at first to learn the song from his "felawe" and then practice and perform it is, ironically, in the Jewry itself (through which he walks daily to attend school):
And does the young clergeon
really go through the Jewish ghetto 'bellowing' the Alma redemptoris mater?
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10) Clopper refers to an earlier article in which he has argued that the purpose of this 'ludus' was simply 'play, a game in which, he speculates, the little clergeons
in Geoffrey's school might likely 'let off steam' and 'detonate their Catherine's wheel'.