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Canterbury Tales - General Prologue - Character Descriptions
character descriptions of everyone from the prologue
well-traveled; many battles fought; worthy, illustrious, wise, yet humble.
knight's son; lover/bachelor (about 20); been in a few battles
archer; skilled woodsman; St. Christopher on his breast
nasal singing voice; learned French at an English school; very dainty; tried to look courtly; charitable and piteous; huge forehead; "amor vincit omnia"
"manly man;" had many horses; doesn't accept the old rules of his profession; fat
mendicant; well known by the wealthy; forgives sins for a price; good at getting money out of people
pompous; well-dressed; rich; Chaucer doesn't remember his name
Oxford-educated; skinny; lots of philosophy books; not a lot of money
rich; very busy; extensive knowledge of cases and judgments; quotes laws verbatim
partakes in fine food and drink; lots of food description; epicurean in nature
good at cooking food; very ill from a sore on shin
hardy, wise; traveled across the sea to many places; vessel named Madeleine
well read in medical texts but not the Bible; adept at medicine; loved gold more than anything
wife of bath
clothmaker; 5 husbands; been to Jerusalem and Rome among other places; gap-toothed and large
learned religious man; pastor in the country; kind, generous, good community member; a favorable portraid of a church member
toiled hard; loved God above all; worked with others
"stout churl" ; chunky; wrestler; red beard; big mouth; steals corn
in charge of purchase/storage of food; surprisingly smart
close-shaven; rides in the back; high-ranking peasant; carpenter
children fear his face; lecherous; smelled bad; drank and ran his mouth; liar; takes people's money
yellow hair; goat's voice; "gelding or mare" (homosexual/eunuch?); carries relics; good at preaching
new, well-adorned gear; skilled at their trades