The Reeve: Canterbury Tales

The Reeve: Canterbury Tales

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  • The Reeve, chloric, old, and slender, embarked upon the pilgrimage with his horse, his blade, and his cloak
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  • The Reeve was very diligent about collecting money from his landlords. Often times, he would deceive his lords by making them pay unnecessary funds to earn a profit, He was feared by them  
  • I'm afraid the tax has increased ... Also, your animals require more sustenance
  • oh no- I am terribly sorry- I shall pay it at once ... Thank you for your diligence. However can I repay you? 
  • As a result of such interactions, the Reeve has collected a considerable amount of wealth
  • "The REEVé was a slender, choleric man. His beard was shaved as nigh as ever he can. as close. His hair was by his ears full round y-shorn, shorn, cut. His top was dockèd like a priest beforn. shaved. Full longè were his leggès and full lean Y-like a staff; there was no calf y-seen."  "This steward sat a horse that well could trot, And was all dapple-grey, and was named Scot. A long surcoat of blue did he parade, And at his side he bore a rusty blade.
  • "His lord's sheep and his oxen and his dairy, His swine and horses, all his stores, his poultry, Were wholly in this steward's managing; And, by agreement, he'd made reckoning Since his young lord of age was twenty years; Yet no man ever found him in arrears. There was no agent, hind, or herd who'd cheat But he knew well his cunning and deceit;  They were afraid of him as of the death."
  • "His cottage was a good one, on a heath; By green trees shaded with this dwelling-place. Much better than his lord could he purchase.  Right rich he was in his own private right"
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