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Canterbury Tales - Character Traits

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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
reeve
dominant humor is yellow bile - choleric, ill-tempered
reeve
rides at the back of the group because no one likes him
reeve
wears a blue overcoat made of rough cloth
reeve
carries a rusty blade
reeve
he works for a young lord and covers his errors well
reeve
likes to be seperate from the group
summoner
summons people to the ecclesiastical courts
summoner
lowest of the 1st estate
summoner
butch, has scabs all over his face
summoner
scabs on face can't be healed by anything he's tried - indicates inner ugliness/corruption
summoner
smells bad because he eats garlic, leeks, and onions
summoner
repeats the few lines he knows in Latin when he gets drunk
summoner
threatens people with ex-communication if they don't pay him
summoner
little kids are afraid of him
summoner
give him a quart of wine and you get a concubine for a year sin-free
summoner
carries bread instead of a knife
summoner
rides along with the pardoner
summoner
sings ballad "love come hither to me" with the pardoner
pardoner/summoner
their biggest sin is putting souls in jeopardy
pardoner
sells indulgences
pardoner
sings ballad "love come hither to me" with the summoner
pardoner
may be gay/eunic
pardoner
has bright, glaring eyes like a hare and a high pitched voice
pardoner
carries fake relics and sells them to ignorant people (canvas/sail from Peter's boat, pillowcase/Mary's veil, a brass cross, and a glass of pig bones/Saint's finger bones)
host
Harry Baily
reeve
his horse's name is Scott
host
the owner of the tavern
host
tags along for the trip at the last minute
host
comes up with the game to pass the time and get himself some business
host
is the lowest class member, but places himself as the leader
host
suggests they draw lots to determine who tells the first story
host
rigs the lots so that the knight tells the first tale
knight
wise and not rude
knight
slayed his foes
squire
20 years old
yeoman
hunted for feasts
prioress
shapely nose, gray eyes, small mouth (soft and red)
prioress
weeps when animals die
prioress
brings attention to her mouth and breasts when she eats
monk
hear bells on horse's bridle when he passes
monk
thinks Benedictine Rule/Mauritian Rule and St Augustine's Rule are too strict and not worth much
friar
arranges marriage for (pregnant) women
friar
uses alms to spend at bar instead of giving to poor
friar
of much help on "love days"
friar
embodies all the 7 deadly sins
friar
shouldn't but does look like a pope
oxford cleric
his sin is learning for the sake of learning, not for application
franklin
governed by blood as his chief humor
franklin
"Epicurus's son"-goal of human life is happiness
franklin
compared to Saint Julian
cook
has an ulcer on his shin that is getting into the "blanc-mange" he is making; ulcer indicates corruption
shipman
keeps a dagger around his neck, under his arm, and "down" under his clothing
shipman
steals Bordeaux while the traders on his ship are asleep
doctor
likes gold best of all as a "cordial"(drink)
wife of bath
a seamstress, which is not a rich occupation, therefore getting money from husbands
parson
"wide" parish with "houses for asunder"
parson
refuses promotion to London or St Paul's Cathedral
parson
good person, but not necessarily the best at his job
plowman
lives in peace and charity, pious
miller
charges three times actual amount
manciple
takes advantage of what he knows to get money undeservedly
reeve
bailiff; in charge of running estate
reeve
his humors reveal him as a trickster (choleric-buildup of yellow bile)
reeve
from the North (Badswell, Norfolk)
reeve
knows about the trickery of others with his same occupation
reeve
carries a rusty blade
summoner
UGLY ASS
pardoner
long, thin, straggly, yellow hair
pardoner
Christ's face on his hat
pardoner
makes more money in a day than parson in a year
pardoner
thinks he's attractive-not wearing a hood to show off his hair
Chaucer
apologizes for the rudeness of the tales