The Reeve, chloric, old, and slender, embarked upon the pilgrimage with his horse, his blade, and his cloak
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"