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Serjeant at the Law
Transcript of Serjeant at the Law
Period 03 Sergeant at the Law "He wore a homely parti-colored coat
Girt with silken belt of pinstripe stuff" (338-339) Sergeant of the Law: Knows a lot about the law
"He knew of every judgement, case and crime
Recorded, ever since King William's time" (333-334) Seemed busier than he actually was
"Nowhere there was so busy a man as he;
But was less busy than he seemed to be" (331-332) Details/phrases of significance "No one could pinch a comma from his screeds,
And he knew every statute off by rote" (336-337) "Discreet he was, a man to reverence,
Or so he seemed, his sayings were so wise" (322-323) "His fame and learning and his high position had won him many a robe and many a fee" (323-324) City Sergeant's Social Class "He knew of every judgment, case and crime"(333) "He often had been Justice of Assize" (324) isn't as busy as he seems Difference in both Chaucer's opinions "Wary and wise" (320) The Author The Character subtly criticizes the Sergeant admires and praises him Chaucer's opinion of segment of society he is most neutral about the Sergeant knowledgeable in his job modern-day equivalent of a lawyer he speaks well, writes an air-tight contract, and knows his case law by heart, about 400 years of it. tries hard to fit in with higher society by seeming always busy he was a social climber, he used his profession to launch himself into the upper class (owning land) middle class show the rise of the importance of the middle class (middle class getting more powerful) drive for wealth and status is one the fundamental problems of his England.