The Canterbury Tales Character List & Flashcards

The Canterbury Tales Character List & Flashcards
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The Merchant
A cunning and calculating man. The Merchant tries to make it look like he's very wealthy, when in reality, he's actually flat broke and deeply in debt.
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The Pardoner
A person who works for the church selling indulgences, which are like pardons you can buy with money to forgive your sins. The Pardoner's tale is one of the most famous stories from the book.
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The Summoner
A member of the church who brings people in for religious trials. The Summoner is very ugly and sometimes, his face scares children. The Summoner's tale is about a corrupt Friar.
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The Friar
A lusty old man who hides his bad behaviors behind the church. The Friar's tale is about a corrupt Summoner, and is a direct response to the Summoner's tale.
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The Prioress
A nun who is very refined and emotionally sensitive. She acts like a high-ranking noble. The Prioress' tale is about how she believes that the meek and the poor should try to have faith.
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The Knight
A pilgrim on the journey. The knight is the perfect embodiment of chivalry and honor. He has the highest social status of all of the pilgrims. His story is about justice and reason.
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The Narrator
The character who introduces the framing narrative for the story. The narrator describes all the other pilgrims in his group as they make their pilgrimage to Canterbury.
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Flashcard Content Overview

This flashcard set covers the most important characters from Geoffery Chaucer's book The Pardoner's Tale. In this set, you can learn about the most important and famous pilgrims, their relationships with each other, and meanings behind their tales.

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The Narrator
The character who introduces the framing narrative for the story. The narrator describes all the other pilgrims in his group as they make their pilgrimage to Canterbury.
The Knight
A pilgrim on the journey. The knight is the perfect embodiment of chivalry and honor. He has the highest social status of all of the pilgrims. His story is about justice and reason.
The Prioress
A nun who is very refined and emotionally sensitive. She acts like a high-ranking noble. The Prioress' tale is about how she believes that the meek and the poor should try to have faith.
The Friar
A lusty old man who hides his bad behaviors behind the church. The Friar's tale is about a corrupt Summoner, and is a direct response to the Summoner's tale.
The Summoner
A member of the church who brings people in for religious trials. The Summoner is very ugly and sometimes, his face scares children. The Summoner's tale is about a corrupt Friar.
The Pardoner
A person who works for the church selling indulgences, which are like pardons you can buy with money to forgive your sins. The Pardoner's tale is one of the most famous stories from the book.
The Merchant
A cunning and calculating man. The Merchant tries to make it look like he's very wealthy, when in reality, he's actually flat broke and deeply in debt.
The Physician
A doctor who cares more about money than his patients. The Physician brags about how much he makes during plague season to the other pilgrims.
The Shipman
A very large man who works on a boat. The shipman is dishonest and steals at his job. He also has some difficulties with riding his horse.
The Miller
A drunken carpenter who tells a very bawdy story about infidelity. The Miller is constantly interrupting other pilgrims during their stories, and is drunk for most of the trip.
The Wife of Bath
A woman who has been married five times. The Wife of Bath has a lot of boyfriends and loves men. Her story is about romantic love and fidelity.
The Reeve
The Reeve is the only pilgrim who gets upset at The Miller's tale because he used to be a carpenter. His story is about a corrupt miller who gets tricked by two young students.
The Cook
A chef from London who has a massive sore on his mouth. His tale is unfinished in the story.
The Squire
An assistant to the Knight. The Squire is a young man whose story is also unfinished.
The Franklin
A fat man who loves eating and drinking wine. The Franklin's tale is a story about the things that make a marriage work, such as trust and honesty.

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