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When Chaucer wrote The Canterbury Tales he chose to have the inner nature revealed by the outer appearance By doing so it seems to describe his travelers appearances in what appears to be a mere physical sketch Close reading shows that he has cleverly selected details that give us shrewd psychological portraits as well During Chaucer religious journeys he meets twenty-nine other pilgrims also bound for Canterbury As the Prologue progresses and we are introduced to pilgrims Chaucers brilliant picture of life in late medieval England comes into focus He shows us that a book cannot be judges by its cover Chaucer devotes only nine lines to the Cook yet he found just one now famous image to immortalize the Cook and his unfortunate appearance and inner nature The Cook has an ulcer on his knee line 396 an open sore caused either by a skin disease associated with a bad diet and poor hygiene or by an infection or communicable disease With this image in mind would you be anxious to try the Cooks blancmange even if it rated with the best line 397 He used his sweet blancmange to cover the real hate in his heart that this ulcer made a whole in his knee as well as in his soul Take another pilgrim the Wife of Bath who had gap teeth set widely truth to say line 478 he knew that the physiognomisits believed that gap between a womans two front teeth indicated not only that she would travel far but also that she was bold and especially suited for love She did have five husbands all at the church doorline 470 And knew the remedies for loves mischancesline 485 After all she lived for life could not give her any more happiness Someone once said that then you look into the eyes of the a person you
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