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Flashcards in Canterbury Tales Deck (23):
1

Knight

-Modest, modestly dressed
-True, honest, generous, chivalrous, noble, fierce warrior
Point: Ideal knight is humble and not frivolous

2

Squire

-Flirtatious but humbled at father's side
-Curled hair, moderate height, brightly dressed
-Agile and strong, youthful, literate, lusty
Point: Chivalry ideals were superfluous

3

Yeoman

-Hunter, always prepared and takes care of possessions
-Proper, modest in manner
-Neatly dressed in green, weathered, carrying bow shield, sword
Point: Approves hard work, pride in work

4

Prioress (nun)

-Stately, ladylike, concerned with appearance, "Madam Eglantyne"
-Courtly grace, attractively dressed, wearing cosmetics, curvaceous, solicitous
-Well-mannered, speaks crude French, nasally singing

5

Monk

-Self-indulgent, hunts despite oaths
-Expensive fur, gold, fat, greasy face, bulging eyeballs, has a palfrey
-Vain and feminine
Point: Corrupt, self-indulgent often associated with the church

6

Friar

-Manipulative, tricks young girls to his advantage
-White skin, threadbare shirt, keeps trinkets for girls
-Merry and festive, begs for living

7

Merchant

-Talks big, finely dressed, opinionated and stately

8

Oxford Cleric

-Student, very thin, uses friends to finance education
-Lofty and opinionated, unrealistic
-Formal and self-righteous

9

"Serjeant at Law"

-Appears to be busy, not really
-Modestly dressed, book-smart, preoccupied, self-important

10

Franklin

-Sanguine, loves food, good host
-Periodically a judge (Justice at Sessions), Member for the Shire (county rep. in Parliament)

11

5 Tradesmen (Haberdasher, dyer, carpenter, weaver, carpet-maker)

-Prestigious in manner, well-dressed, new clothing, expensive accessories (silver)
-Assertive and confident, obsessed with image
-Guilds were becoming more powerful (wives wanted more power)

12

Cook

-Ulcer on knee (bad intentions)
-Good cook

13

Skipper

-Came from Dartmouth, rode farmer's horse, simple dress, tan
-Thief, ruthless owns "The Maudelayne"

14

Doctor

-Knows trade well, well-practiced
-Dressed luxuriously, prudent with money
Point: Illustrates symbiotic relationship between druggists and doctors (scheme for money)

15

Wife of Bath

-Fine kerchiefs, five husbands, skilled in wandering
-Gap-teeth, curvaceous, well-practiced in arts of love

16

Parson

-Religious Christian model, observes Gospel and helps everyone, leads by example
-Carries stave, learned clerk
-Benign, modest, humble, hard-working

17

Plowman

-Brother of Parson
-Honest work and observer of Gospel
-Tabard smock, rode mare
-Farmers more honest

18

Miller

-Wrangler, dirty story teller and thief
-Big-boned, strong, red hair, wart on nose
-Boastful and kind of a meathead

19

Manciple

-Bought low, sold high, well-versed in business
-Never rash, smarter than educated (illiterate)

20

Reeve

-Brown-noses authority, earned position by manipulation
-Crafty/wise, very thin, intuitive
-Carpenter, horse named Scot, overcoat of bluish, rusty blade (from Norfolk)

21

Summoner

-Loved wine, often drunk, scoundrel
-Pus-filled sores, red face, acne, thin hair, narrow eyes
-Manipulative

22

Pardoner

-Exaggerates to create sense of importance, sang songs
-Yellow, greasy hair, bulging eyes, smooth chin,
-Rode gelding or mare
-Used random stuff as "holy relics"

23

Host

-Gracious and well mannered
-Bold actions, striking, little fact
-Merry, tactful, wise