The said wives, Chaucer implies, have their own motives for supporting their husbands' ambitions: they would be given the honorific 'Madame,' take precedence in public processions, and have extra servants to look after them 376-378. Some people go to other countries, but many people in England choose to go to the city of Canterbury in southeastern England to visit the remains of Thomas Becket, the Christian martyr who had the power of healing people. He ironically describes them as being worthy of having a position on the town council. He has had victories all over the continent but is modest with his words and conduct. What's interesting is that we get the feeling that the wives of these tradesmen can be somewhat difficult, just like the Merchant's. Guilds might sponsor anything from members-only banquets, to public theatre performances, to donations of food and drink to the poor or to charitable organizations.
The narrator compliments their shiny dress and mentions that each was fit to be a city official. The next morning, the Host, like a rooster, wakes up all the pilgrims and gathers them together. A knight there was, and he a worthy man, Who, from the moment that he first began To ride about the world, loved chivalry, Truth, honour, freedom and all courtesy. The spindly, angry Reeve has hair so short that he reminds the narrator of a priest. In stature he was of an average length, Wondrously active, aye, and great of strength. The rooms and stables spacious were and wide, And well we there were eased, and of the best.
He is also very social and well connected with several men of utility like herdsmen, farm workers etc. However, the Pardoner is a good singer and storyteller. His glaring hare like eyes, small goat like voice and absence of facial hair indicates that he is a eunuch. And specially from every shire's end Of England they to Canterbury wend, The holy blessed martyr there to seek Who helped them when they lay so ill and weak. She also excels at the French language. He had a dirty tavern.
The wily Friar hears the confessions of the wealthy landowners and gives them easy penance to make more money, twisting the spiritual intention of his office to his own material well-being. He groups them together as joint partners in spiritual crime and makes the Pardoner accompany his brother the Summoner in a bawdy song about lustful love. The Canterbury Tales study guide contains a biography of Geoffrey Chaucer, literature essays, a complete e-text, quiz questions, major themes, characters, and a full summary and analysis. They certainly had the funding to embark on this pilgrimage and their wives insisted that it was their duty to do so. Ful worthy was he in his lordes werre, And therto hadde he riden, no man ferre, As wel in cristendom as in hethenesse, And evere honoured for his worthynesse. He seems to be lustful as well.
He is a bit of a rascal pirate like behavior , known for stealing wine while the ship's captain sleeps. The hypocritical Pardoner has repulsive physical features. Chaucer deems all the millers as unworthy and morally corrupt. Their daggers, belts and other equipment are made of the finest materials and richly decorated with silver. His fiery red pimpled cherubic face is the direct result of his sinful and lecherous activities.
The second group within those of the highest social standing includes the Prioress, the Monk, and the Friar, who ought to be of the lower class, but who, as a pious beggar, has begged so well that his prosperity ironically slips him into the company of the nobles. The pilgrims seek help from the martyr St. His chief attribute is his preoccupation with food, which is so plenteous in his house that his house seemed to snow meat and drink 344—345. This high-profile organization would have given them greater social mobility and contact with influential urban elites. She has also been to Rome, Cologne, and other exotic pilgrimage sites. He was supposed to make chicken and was known for his stews and pies.
He promises a free meal to the best talebearer on the return which the rest of the party will fund. Of these pilgrims, probably only the Knight and his son, the Squire, qualify as true aristocrats, both outwardly and inwardly. He encourages all of them to narrate two stories on the way to Canterbury and two on the return journey. An horn he bar, the bawdryk was of grene; A forster was he, soothly, as I gesse. He gives the privilege of drawing the first straw to the Knight, in deference to his rank. The Pardoner has a wallet stuffed full of pardons from Rome as well as many religious trinkets, such as veils, goblets, and decorated crucifixes.
After they ride a mile or two, the Host reminds them of the agreements of the night before. The five guildsmens are a lower class charecters dispite wearing finer clothes. There are total two Nuns, three priests and one chaplain. It is hardly surprising that innocent children are afraid of his gruesome appearance. The Guildsmen were a higher level of working class therefore in a higher class than the merchants, but not as privileged as the knights and nobles.