|Posted on||Tue Jun 18 15:35:54 2002|
Although the Physician・s tale meant to teach people to repent for sins, the readers may after all pay more attention to Virginia・s innocent end rather than its moral lessons. Virginia was depicted as a nearly perfect maid both in virtue and appearance. She could be seen as a symbol of beauty, virtue and chastity. Yet, she died for them also. Finishing this story, I believe that many readers would ask: is this a worthy death? Should Virginia sacrifice her life for chastity, or for the crooked judge・s lechery, or for her father・s sense of honor?
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