2Tabard InnHarry Bailey, the host, is usually found at the )Tabard Inn in Suffolk.
3Thomas á BecketThe name of the martyr, to whose shrine they are going, is Thomas á Becket.
4Geoffrey ChaucerChaucer, the narrator/poet, describes the following:
5CookThis character, renowned for his white sauce, has a nasty wound on his knee. He is Cook.
6Guildsman: Haberdasher, Dyer, Carpetmaker, Carpenter, Weaver The cook travels with five Guildsmen whose wives hope for high status. Name at least two of his employers on the pilgrimage: Haberdasher, Dyer, Carpetmaker, and Carpenter, Weaver.
7LawyerThe Lawyer liked to seem busier than he was and to know every detail of his profession.
8Knight, SquireThe only father and son pair could not be more different. Father is earnest and the epitome of his kind. His son is frivolous and fancy. They are, respectively Knight and Squire.
9FranklinIf you want a fine meal, good wine, and merriment, you would be wise to head for the sanguine Franklin’s house.
10Nun, Madam EglantyneKnown as the Nun, her vanity shows in her artificial manners and high forehead. She travels with at least one priest, perhaps three. Her name is Madam Eglantyne.
11SkipperIf he catches you at sea, this fellow might have you walk the plank: Skipper.
12YeomanHis gear is always sharp and clean. His face is like a nut; he’s dressed in green. He is the backbone of England, our Yeoman.
13Oxford ClericEvery teacher aspires to be like the skin and bones Oxford Cleric whose motto is that he would gladly learn and gladly teach.
14Parson, PlowmanNo hypocrites, these two brothers live lives secular and clerical that are models. They are the Plowman and the Parson.
15MonkThis bell-wearing hunter is a bit of a glutton (eating a swan all by himself). He should be in a cloister, but this Monk is on a pilgrimage.
16MerchantHis tall beaver hat probably helped some in Chaucer’s circle identify the Merchant, who seemed to be more prosperous than he really was.
17DoctorThis fellow liked gold and trusted astrology and humours: sanguine, phlegmatic, choleric and melancholic. He is Doctor.
18Wife of BathThis business woman had a gap tooth, traveled far, and had five husbands. Call her the Wife of Bath.
19PardonerA self-appointed churchman, he’d sell you a relic and give you a counterfeit pardon. With hair like golden, shiny rat- tails, he is Pardoner.
20FriarWhile he should be helping the poor, he is more likely to be courting girls and visiting the wealthy. He is the Friar.
21MillerThis large and bawdy fellow, with a hairy wart on his nose, weighs his thumb with the grain and leads the pilgrims by playing his bagpipes: Miller.
22SummonerThe )Summoner would stand out in a crowd because of his complexion and smell of garlic and onion.
23MancipleThe Manciple was a frugal man and appeared smarter than all the lawyers for whom he bought groceries.
24ReeveThis choleric fellow hates the one with the wart on his nose (Miller), so he comes along last: Reeve.