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In Chaucers The Canterbury Tales two young men of the Middle Ages stand in sharp contrast to each other The clerk and the squire are of similar ages but are very different The clerk is a member of the middle class has attended Oxford and studied Aristotle while the squire a member of the upper class has been educated in the arts of chivalry In appearance wise the clerk is a grave or somber individual He is thin hollow-cheeked and dresses poorly outer cloak threadbare On the other hand the squire is a bright cheerful person He is lusty strong and nimble and dresses extravagantly red and white embroidery short coat with long wide sleeves His facial appearance is similar to his dress habits his hair is curled and he is very handsome The two differ in personality as well The clerk is formal and modest when he speaks and he only speaks gives his input if it is needed He is also considerate of others pray diligently for the souls of them that gave him wherewith to stay at the schools and his speech is of moral virtue The royalty of the squire was apparent in his personality He is courteous modest and helpful to others His royal roots show that he is a respectable man and in his youthful state he is full of energy Finally we can see that the two have very different interests The clerk is interested in lectures on logic reading Aristotle and studying Philosophy He also loves to learn and teach and convey his knowledge to others The squire is engulfed with the many campaignsbattles of the country and loves jousting in his spare time He also enjoys singing playing the flute riding horses making songs dancing drawing and writing The squires royalty shows through his interests because the middle class would not have the time or resources to commit to these interests The portrait of the clerk
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