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The Canterbury Tales - Character Map for "The General Prologue"

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Geoffrey Chaucer Canterbury Tales prologue

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  • THE KNIGHT
  • Physical/Physiognomic Traits
  • Internal Character Traits
  • He dresses in a subdued style, he carries himself with dignity and he never has an unkind expression on his face
  • He is humble, a worthy knight, and perhaps the best knight in the world
  • THE WIFE OF BATH
  • Physical/Physiognomic Traits
  • Internal Character Traits
  • Quote:
  • She is confident, congenial, and an expert in love and romance
  • Aging, deaf in one ear, very finely dressed, has gaps in her teeth
  • “In felaweshipe wel koude she laughe and carpe. Of remedies of love she knew per chaunce, For she koude of that art the olde daunce.”
  • THE MILLER
  • Physical/Physiognomic Traits
  • Stout, with big muscles, red beard, nostrils full of black hairs, a huge, loud mouth with a tooth missing; carries a sword
  • Internal Character Traits
  • THE COOK
  • Physical/Physiognomic Traits
  • Quote:
  • “And everemoore he hadde a soveryn prys. And though that he were worthy, he was wys, And of his port as meeke as is a mayde. He nevere yet no vileynye ne sayde In al his lyf unto no maner wight.”
  • CHARACTER MAP
  • THE PRIORESS
  • Physical/Physiognomic Traits
  • Quote:
  • Dishonest, as he sells his product for three times the price he’s supposed to; uncouth; debaucherous
  • “His mouth as greet was as a greet forneys. He was a janglere and a goliardeys, And that was moost of synne and harlotries. Wel koude he stelen corn and tollen thries; And yet he hadde a thombe of gold, pardee.”
  • Internal Character Traits
  • Quote:
  • “But greet harm was it, as it thoughte me, That on his shyne a mormal hadde he.”
  • Expert in cooking
  • Has a defect: an open sore oozing from his chin
  • “But soore wepte she if oon of hem were deed, Or if men smoot it with a yerde smerte; And al was conscience and tendre herte.”
  • Quote:
  • Has very good manners; exquisite nose; gray eyes; small, red mouth
  • Internal Character Traits
  • Dainty and proper; compassionate; modest; good heart
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