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1 MERCHANT, FRIAR, CLERK, FIVE GUILDSMEN, COOK, SAILOR, & DOCTOR The Canterbury Tales

2 The Merchant Lines The Merchant Wears latest fashions Hides secret of being in debt

3 The Friar Lines The Friar Unlike monks, friars went into the world as beggars to preach, help the poor, cure the sick. One duty was to hear confessions and absolve/forgive with a penance. This friar gives light penance b/c people pay him; he’s more interested in making $ than saving souls Seems like a lady’s man “neck whiter than a lily-flower” suggests he is cowardly OR loose/immoral Goes to bars, stays away from sick & poor, goes where there’s a profit. Lines imply he sleeps w/widows Clothes are rich (ironic) Note: the poet/narrator seems to disapprove of this corruption in Church

4 The Clerk Lines An Oxford Cleric Starving student image Both cleric and his horse are poor and gaunt Spends his $ on expensive books

5 The Five Guildsmen Lines The Haberdasher, Dyer, Carpenter, Weaver & Carpet-Maker All belong to a guild-fraternity Guilds were organizations of trades-people who taught their trade to apprentices Powerful economic force, with controlling quality & price of goods they sold Upwardly mobile Narrator seems to make fun of their social climbing & social pretensions

6 The Pilgrims Lines The Cook Excellent cook, but has an open sore on his knee (humor & disgust in this)

7 The Pilgrims Lines The Skipper (Shipman/Sailor) = Pirate Very tan from all the years of sailing He has seen every bay and river in England He is a bit of a rascal Known for stealing wine from the ship’s captain Wore a thick, rough cough and a dagger about his waist.

8 The Pilgrims Lines The Doctor Dr.s during this time believed the 12 signs of the zodiac affected different parts of the body & the body contained 4 kinds of humors which dictated a person’s temperament and physical make up. He profits from people’s illnesses by prescribing drugs that don’t work & sharing profits w/ the apothecaries (pharmacists), thus he’s well-dressed & has plenty of $


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