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knight

wears a fustian (coarse material) tunic, which is stained

knight

idealized character of the 2nd estate

knight

well traveled

squire

has curly hair

squire

gets as much sleep as a nightingale

squire

wears a short gown with long sleeves

knight

always slays his foe in duels

knight

never rude and loves chivalry

knight

father of the squire

squire

described as agile, strong, attractive, of calvary (a ladies man)

squire

son of the knight

squire

jousts, plays the flute, dances, and sings

squire

hot shot pretty boy

yeoman

carries a bow

yeoman, monk

is tan from spending too much time outside

yeoman

wears a St. Christopher medal

yeoman

carries a horn with a green strap

yeoman

gameskeeper riding with the knight and the squire

yeoman

good at woodcraft

yeoman

armed with a shield, dagger, and bow and arrow

yeoman

robin-hood!

prioress

rides with 1 nun and 3 priests

prioress

speaks a low form of French (Anglo-Saxon) style

prioress

has a brooch with "Love Conquers All" on it

prioress

has a wide forehead

prioress

brings sexual attention to herself

prioress

****!!! BAD NUN!!!

prioress

wears a wimple (a viel that covers all but the face, showing off the forehead)

2nd nun

serves as a secretary

2nd nun

rides with 1 nun and 3 priests

2nd nun

story is not finished, indicating Chaucer wasn't finished with the GP when he died

monk

too worldly for secular employment

monk

lazy, prefers to hunt

monk

owns greyhounds

monk

has a gold pin

monk

has sleeves lined with fur

monk

loves to eat fat swans

monk, friar

behavior contradicts oath of poverty

friar

carries trinkets (knives and pins) for girls

friar

gets girls "in trouble" and then marries them off

friar

prefers the rich to the sick and poor

friar

name is Hubert

friar

claims to have the power of confession

friar

begs/bullies for alms

friar

knows taverns well, should know the impoverished well

friar

wears a short cloak of thick, woolen cloth

merchant

works in the import/export business

merchant

Chaucer deliberately tells his audience that no one knows this character's name

merchant

is in debt

merchant

wears a multi-colored coat

merchant

wears a beaver-furred hat and elegant boots

merchant

has a forked beard

merchant

serves as an archetype

merchant

description has a lot of diction associated with his job

oxford cleric

prefers Aristotle

oxford cleric

looks thin and emaciated (so does his horse)

oxford cleric

borrows money from friends to buy books

oxford cleric

would rather teach and learn

oxford cleric

wears a thin, threadbare cloak

oxford cleric

speaks little, but elegantly

oxford cleric

described as brief, pithy, and wise

serjeant of law

"knows every case since King William's time"

serjeant of law

really smart lawyer

serjeant of law

has lots of nice robes and land

serjeant of law

likes to look much busier than he is

serjeant of law

confident no one will question his knowledge of the law because he can recite everything perfectly from memory

serjeant of law

wears a blue lined scarlet cloak, silken belt stiped with metal inlay

franklin

his face is red, his beard is "white as a daisy"

franklin

from the 4th estate, but acts like he's from the 2nd

franklin

likes bread and wine and other pleasures, has lots of land

franklin

very hospitable to strangers and guests

franklin

feeds and shelters many guests

franklin

manipulates his diet with the seasons to keep his 4 bodily humors in check

franklin

is nice to guests but mean to servants and employees

franklin

carries a dagger and a white pouch made of silk

franklin

was a sherrif and county auditor before a wealthy landowner

guildsmen

the haberdasher, carpenter, weaver, dyer, and tapestry maker

guildsmen

have silver utensils

guildsmen

their wives want to be respected as upper class because they "have enough is goods and money"

guildsmen

frustrated because they can't change class levels

cook

works for the guildsmen

cook

has a white, scabbed boil/sore/ulcer on his ankle

cook

his boil suggests inner corruption

cook

some of his white sore is getting in the food. bleh.

cook

doesn't have any other skills except drinking lots of wine

shipman

is from Dartmouth

shipman

is a pirate

shipman

wears a knee-length, rough, worn gown

shipman

wears a dagger on a cord

shipman

is "brown as a brick" from the sun

shipman

drinks a lot and steals wine

shipman

drives his foes back to land

shipman

described as being wise in business

shipman

his ship is called the Madelain

shipman

described as having a "loose conscience"

shipman

has a wind-blown beard

shipman

knows every harbor and creek

merchant

wants the seas to be safer

shipman

people like him are why the merchant wants the seas to be safer

doctor

well versed in ancient greek

doctor

his practice is grounded in astrology

doctor

doesn't know the Bible very well

doctor

wears a scarled and blue lined cloak with Indian silk and taffetta

doctor

loves gold and saves it up

doctor

calls medicine "natural magic"

doctor

has an 'understanding' with the apothecaries

doctor

his favorite time of year is pestilence

doctor

eats well and takes care of his body

wife of bath

contradicts the expectation of women, but the audience loved her

wife of bath

wears bright red stockings

wife of bath

has had 5 husbands, not counting hook-ups from her youth

wife of bath

has lots of money and free time for pilgrimiges

wife of bath

has a gap-tooth representing the gap between her legs

wife of bath

is hard of hearing

wife of bath

is familiar with the "old dance"

wife of bath

wears spurs

wife of bath

wears a wimple the size of a small shield to show how 'humble' she is

wife of bath

has been to Jerusalem 3 times

wife of bath

is a seamstress

parson

the ideal character of the 1st estate

parson

brother of the plowman

parson

collects tithes

parson

prefers to give his own money to the church when people are stingy instead of bully it out of them

parson

contrasts the monk and the friar

parson

believes that "if gold rusts, what will happen to silver?"

parson

a "shitten sheppard" - believes the church/clergy should be a model for society

parson

his only flaw is that he is hesitant to take tithes from people

plowman

brother of the parson

plowman

ideal character of the 3rd estate

plowman

wears a Tabard (sleeveless tunic)

plowman

cleans manure out of the street

plowman

doesn't judge anybody, but everyone judges him

plowman

always pays his tithes on time and in full

plowman

his only flaw is that he's a pushover

knight

his only flaw is that he's a tiny bit boastful

miller

wears a large, white coat with a blue hood

miller

has a wart on his nose with tufts of hair

miller

steals and wrestles

miller

knocks down doors with his head

miller

plays the bagpipes

miller

is compared to a fox - sly, clever, red beard

miller

corrupt - has a monopoly on his business

miller

weighs down the scales

manciple

is a purchasing agent for 30+ lawyers

manciple

works for a law school, but not a lawyer

manciple

values his streetsmarts over others' booksmarts

manciple

he makes fools out of the upper classes

manciple

keeps the difference from transactions

reeve

skinny, has a close shave, short hair

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