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The Canterbury Tales: Character Prologue
Transcript of The Canterbury Tales: Character Prologue
"He was as fresh as is the month of May ." (Chaucer 101)
Young son of the knight, about 20
Golden, curly hair
The narrator likes the squire because the squire is charming and poetic.
"For he could dress his gear in yeoman style . . ." (Chaucer 101)
Servant of the suire
Well put together -- a mighty bow, peacock-feathered arrows that never drooped. and a mighty bow
The narrator doesn't seem to like the yeoman due to his tone in line 121. He sort of brushes the yeoman off, as if to say "So what."
"For courtliness she had a special zest. . ." (Chauncer 102)
The first nun has a nice smile and a beautiful voice.
She spoke French lightly and was very precise about the way she ate, not letting anything spill or drop.
She was very emotional.
The second nun didn't have anything said about her except for her being with the first nun.
Nothing was said about the three priests either.
The narrator liked the first nun because he was entranced by her beauty and perfection. He didn't like the second nun or the three priests because he didn't talk about them.
Two Nuns and three Priests
"This Monk was therefore a good man to horse." (Chauncer 103)
One of the finest, he loved to hunt.
He went against the norm. People claimed that hunters were not holy men, but he continued doing what he loved.
The narrator likes the monk because he is different and fun-loving.
". . . a very festive fellow. In all Four Orders there was none so mellow. . ." (Chauncer 104)
He had a special license from the Pope to arrange miarriages.
His name was Hubert. He was a jolly man.
The narrator Likes Hubert because Hubert is a delightful person to be around.
". . .He was expert at currency exchange." (Chaunce 105)
He was cunning and had a secret debt which no one knew about.
He was also an expert in negotiation, loans, bargains, and commercial obligation.
The narrator liked the merchant because the merchant was an interesting man. The narrator reffered to the merchant as "an excellent fellow."
"His only care was study. . ." (Chaucer 106)
He was a philospher who loved literature. He preffered books on Aristotle's philosophy over fine clothes.
The narrator didn't like the Cleric because the Cleric was boring and rarely spoke to people.
"Nowhere there was a man so busy as he." (Chaucer 106)
He had a high position with commission over others.
He was well educated in law. He knew every judgment, case, and crime since King William.
The narrator liked the sergeant because because he was so wise.
Sergeant at the law
"A sanguine man, high colored and benign..." (Chaucer 107)
He lived for pleasure and believed that happiness was the most important goal.
His house was always filled with people and food.
The narrator liked Franklin because he was enlivening.
Haberdasher, Dyer, Carpenter, Weaver, and Carpet-maker
"...He stood alone for boiling chicken with a marrow-bone..." (Chaucer 108)
He was one of the best cooks and loved to use spices.
The narrator liked him because he was a delicious cook and made awesome pastries.
"....all in the livery of one impressive guild fraternity." (Chaucer 108)
They were all wise, rich and married.
The narrator seemed to like the five workers because they were an appealing group
"The nicer rules of conscience he ignored." (Chaucer 108)
He owned a large ship called the Maudelayne
He was always prepared for battle
The narrator liked the skipper because he was adventurous.
"...To ride abroad had followed chivalrey, truth, honor, generousness, and courtesy." (Chaucer 100)
Fought in a recent wars and embarked on noble quests
The narrator likes the knight because he feels the knight is exciting, always full of stories about his quests.
"No one alive could talk as well as he did on points of medicine and of surgery..." (Chaucer 109)
He was skilled in natural magic and astronomy.
He also had a special love for gold.
The narrator appears to like the doctor because of his healing abilities.
"In making cloth she showed such great a bent..." (Chaucer 110)
She was somewhat deaf but was the best seamstress.
The narrator liked Bath's wife because she was nice and pretty.
"A holy-minded man of good renown there was, and poor..." (Chaucer 110)
He was materially poor and spiritually rich.
He was a strong preacher of the Gospels and gave to what little he had to others.
The narrator liked the parson because his strong spirituality was awe-inspiring.
"...Living in peace and perfect charity..." (Chaucer 112)
He constantly worked hard and he loved God with all his heart.
The narrator liked him because he was an honest man.
"...A great stout fellow, big and brawn and bone."
He weighed 224 lbs and could win any wresting show.
He had a huge wart on his nose with hairs sticking out.
The narrator did not like him because he was boisterous.
"...He was never rash, whether he brought on credit or paid cash." (Chaucer 113)
He was very educated in the economics of his time.
The narrator liked him because he was shrewd
"No auditor could gain a point on him" (Chaucer 113)
He could judge the yeild of the harvest by the rain.
He was always right.
The narrator liked him because he very accurate in his predictions.
"... No better fellow if you went to find one." (Chaucer 114)
He would take care of the mistresses.
He was wicked and executed curses on people.
The narrator did not like him because he was crazy.