brunette adults, for instance, had light hair as children before itdarkened with age (and thus accumulated sins). Chaucer elaboratesupon Emily’s hair, explaining that her braid measured “a yerde long”[a yard long] (line 1050); during that age, long hair represented awoman’s chastity and femininity. If these factors alone do not convincethe reader of Emily’s virtue, Chaucer even explicitly calls her an“aungel” [angel] (line 1055) as he mentions her melodious singingvoice. He continues to say that she appears fresh and bright (line1066), as if she glows with a heavenly aura. Chaucer does notdescribe Emily’s body in a risqué, or even especially specific, manner.In his article, "The Knight's Tale: The Dialogue of Romance, Epic, andPhilosophy,” John Finlayson writes the following:"The details--rose, lilies, yellow hair,sunlight--and the adjectives--fair,fresh, new--are as stereotyped hereas they are in an Elizabethansonnet… we have instead an imageof light, flower garlands, yellow hair,and the freshness and vigor of earlymorning...This impressionismevokes the emotional response of the viewers, Arcite and Palamon,while at the same time locatingEmily firmly as Youth and Beauty,rather than Ms. Emily of Athens.Specificity and greater individualityare reserved for Alison in the nexttale, because her role has less to dowith eternal and elevating Love thanwith the stirrings of another, lessexalted eternal, Lust." (Finlayson132-133).