She is perhaps Chaucer's most complex creation: a virago who has outlived five husbands and is seeking a sixth, a champion of oppressed womanhood, an outrageous misinterpreter
of the Bible, an experienced traveler, a skilled clothmaker, a sinner who has nevertheless enjoyed her life and would not have had it otherwise.
The Greek and the Roman, as two misinterpreters
, "simbolizan la verdad trascendente a toda aplicacion moral practica .
In the 2007 production of the work at Bayreuth--sanctuary of Wagher's art, which he founded and which to this day presents only his operas--Sachs screams out these words as he presides over the immolation of the dramatic misinterpreters
who have defiled Wagner's masterpieces; the ghastly firelight is reflected in his glasses, and he could not look more like a maniac ablaze with a particularly German evil.
The Catholic hierarchy takes hits as Paulist misinterpreters
cowardly lawmakers catch it blowhard talking head pundits all catch their share of clear-cut disapproval.
Or laughable and painful, to be more precise: a stinging joke with real-world consequences, like the joke of "scientific" racial classification itself, a perverse fiction made fact in the 19th century by misinterpreters
of Darwin, "proved" through phrenology and other invented sciences, written as history, and then denounced in the early part of the century by African-American intellectuals.