In Chaucer's portrait of the monk, we are given the image of a lord prior who took the “modern way,” especially in regard to monastic rules.
The rule of good Saint Benet or Saint Maur,
As old and strict, he tended to ignore;…
he let go by the things of yesterday,
and took the modern world's more spacious way…
Must he toil, as Austin bade and till the very soil?
Was he to leave the world upon the shelf?
Let Austin have his labour to himself.