Summary Of The Canterbury Tales



The Canterbury Tales is a collection of stories set within a framing
story of a pilgrimage to Canterbury Cathedral, the shrine of Saint Thomas
Becket. The poet joins a band of pilgrims, vividly described in the General
Prologue, who assemble at the Tabard Inn outside London for the journey to
Canterbury. Ranging in status from a Knight to a humble Plowman, they are a
microcosm of 14th- century English society.

The Host proposes a storytelling contest to pass the time; each of the
30 or so pilgrims (the exact number is unclear) is to tell four tales on the
round trip. Chaucer completed less than a quarter of this plan. The work
contains 22 verse tales (two unfinished) and two ...

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about noble love, the Miller interrupts with a
deliciously bawdy story of seduction aimed at the Reeve (an officer or steward
of a manor); the Reeve takes revenge with a tale about the seduction of a
miller's wife and daughter. Thus, the tales develop the personalities, quarrels,
and diverse opinions of their tellers.

After the Knight's tale, the Miller, who was so drunk that he could
barely sit on his horse, began screaming," I know a tale that can cap the
Knight's tale off!" "But first, said the Miller, "I admit that I am drunk; I
know it by the my voice. And therefore if I speak as I shouldn't, blame it on
the beer, I beg you; for I will tell a life and legend of a Carpenter and his
wife, and how a clerk manipulated them."

Here the Tale Begins

In Oxford there was a rich peasant, who was a Carpenter, who took guests
aboard. There was a poor scholar, who had studied liberal arts, but all his
delight was turned to astrology. He knew how to work ...

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Christ's own works. At the church there was a clerk named Absalom.
He had curly hair, rosy cheeks, and his eyes were gray. Absalom, who was so
pretty and fine, went on this holy day with a censor, trying to get the
goodwives of the city. He then noticed the carpenter's wife and he thought she
was so neat and sweet. That night the moon was shining and Absalom went to the
carpenter's house and sang in the window. The carpenter woke up and asked the
wife if she heard him singing and she told him yes. From day to day Absalom
wooed her till he couldn't anymore. She loved Nicholas though and all the
wooing Absalom gave was wasted. She used Absalom.

Then it fell that the carpenter was ...

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