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But Chaucer thinks it a shame that he had a running sore on his Page 15 shin, because his best dish was a creamed chicken pie whose white sauce might be the same color as the pus from the running sore. The Shipman The Shipman was a huge man and somewhat uncouth. He was the master of a vessel and knew all the ports from the Mediterranean to the Baltic. He could read the stars and knew how to fight well. But he did not ride a horse well. He looked like a fish out of water as he sat on his horse. The Doctor of Physic There was no one who could speak so well about medicine as this doctor.

In this season in England, from every corner of the land, people made their way to Canterbury to receive the blessings of "the holy blissful martyr"St. Thomas รก Becket. One spring day in Southwark at the Tabard Inn, the narrator (Chaucer) awaited the next day when he would commence his journey to Canterbury. That evening a company of twenty-nine persons arrived at the inn, all of whom were Canterbury pilgrims. Chaucer was admitted to their 1A lay, in this case, is a short romantic poem, not a song.

Chaucer then asks the reader which position is worse, that of Arcite or Palamon. Part II Arcite returned to Thebes where he lived for two years moaning his hard fate. His lamenting began to change his physical appearance. One night a vision appeared before him and urged him to return to Athens and the fair Emelye. Acrite arose and looked at himself in the mirror and realized that his grief had drastically changed his appearance. So he took the name of Philostrate and returned to Athens where he was employed as a page in the house of Emelye.

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