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Such comments as I pray to God his nekke mote to-breke quickly reveal that the verbal game of quite involves much more than a free meal to the Reeve in The Canterbury Tales I 3918 This overreaction which grabs the attention of the audience and gives it pause is characteristic of the Reeves ostensibly odd behavior being given to morose speeches followed by violent outbursts all the while harboring spiteful desires Anger typifies the Reeves dialogue and his tale which begs the question why It appears to be a reaction to the Millers insults but they are not extreme enough to provoke such resentment He seem-ingly has no hesitation in articulating his bitterness yet he and his story are as much marked by suppression as expression Silence resounds as loudly as any noise in the Reeves Prologue and Tale The reader is as puzzled by his utterances as the lack of them his sudden sermon on death is matched by the quietness of two couples copulating in a small room of five none of which are able to hear what the others are doing The reality is that the behavior of the Reeve and the characters in his tale are not random or unaccountable The Reeve is continually si-lenced by other pilgrims and himself which is paralleled in his tale and in turn suppresses his emotions which leads to even more explosive conduct I Characterization In order to appreciate the melancholic and
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