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The General Prologue - Chaucer

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PARSON
ideal clergy person, non-corrupt, taught by example, "that if gold rusts, what must iron do?" (if the people that are supposed to be the role models (clergy) are corrupt, what kind of example are we setting for the commons?)
FRANKLIN
wealthy landowner (not necessarily noble), he has two positions in society , Epicurean (means he likes to have fun - food, partying, good taste)
MONK
loved venery (hunting) - did not want to be cloistered , wants to be free to roam around & hunt, prone to materialism
MILLER
plays bagpipes, brawny (strong), hairy wart, told ribald stories (sexual overtone, crude), not ethical , steals corn
PLOWMAN
does god's will, born a farmer, ideal man, loves his neighbors - he's the role model
DOCTOR
great at astronomy and big on herb remedies; loved gold, and carried out unethical business arrangement with the apothecary - makes $$ off the plague
SQUIRE
son of knight; artsy , sing, dance, writes poetry, good lover, doesn't sleep much
HABERDASHER ETAL
considered to be one entity (multiple people) - all a part of the same guild - wearing the same clothing, served civic positions in their town. They are beginning to get more and more powerful; have their own cook
YEOMAN
servant to knight + squire; good weapons (bows & arrows), loves his work (wears St. Christopher's medal) , excellent woodsman & forester
HOST
owner of Tabard Inn (point of departure for pilgrimage); he sets up the rules for the tale telling and judges for the best story
PARDONER
sold indulgences & relics that were fake, rode with the summoner, has long yellow hair, thought to be homosexual because he wears his hair loose, sews veronica flower on his horse
MERCHANT
wears beaver hat, knew markets well - he is in debt, but no one knows
SERGEANT
knew all the cases (statues) since King William I , can write a perfect legal document
MANCIPLE
manager of lawyer's residence, not educated, but he is as successful as those who are educated , implies that you don't necessarily need education to be smart
WIFE OF BATH
secular woman, very contrary to expectations of women, married 5 times so she knows the remedies of love; she wears red stockings & is gap toothed; red symbolizes prostitution, gap teeth suggests sexual appetite; she was skilled at making cloth, and deaf
KNIGHT
gone through many battles, ideal, epitome of chivalric code
PRIORESS
first clergy introduced, she is named Madame Eglentine - more aligned with secular lives as opposed to cleric life; proper etiquette, holds onto brooch on Rosary , she wears a rosary as decoration. She acts more like a noble woman rather than a nun.
REEVE
manager of manor, workers were frightened of him, could buy better land than his manager , secretly rich & owns property
FRIAR
abuses his position for self gain, his name is Hubert; he knows the wealthy and taverns more than lepers - he doesn't come near them because he knows he won't get anything from them; has pins and knives to give to young women to lure them into sin (corrupt)
SHIPMAN
cannot ride horse, knows stars well, likes to drink & steals wine
CLERK
religious/virtuous, logic & philosopher - not well dressed, spends $ on books
SUMMONER
collects people to go to court under church law, scares little children, speaks Latin when he's drunk, has garlic breath;
COOK
very good; has an ulcer on his leg - big open wound; known for his white pudding (comparison to white puss from the wound)

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