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The term character can be applied in several ways It can mean either a physical being or to their total pattern of behavior In Chaucers Canterbury Tales one is used to complement the other He often uses certain physical characteristics to dictate exactly how the person is going to act This is most evident in the Summoners Tale The Summoner is ugly with a scary face but also turns out to have a very ugly personality between his job attitudes and values which come out through his physical descriptionsChaucers use of physical characteristics is most obvious in the Summoners Tale The Summoner is a scary sight but not only because he looks so hideous He also has a hideous job- a summoner is a kind of religious bounty hunter He seeks down people that need to do their penances and make sure they do them He is described as having acne so bad no quicksilver lead ointment tartar creams no brimstone no boracic so it seems could make a salve to cure his whelks of knobby white So when people saw him coming they would already be repulsed simply by his physical image However if they knew who he was they would also be afraid that he was coming to get them So he is scary in more than one way His behavior is as ugly as his face Questio quid juris was his tag The Latin phrase questio quid juris means the question is what is the point in law He is supposed to be upholding the Churchs law but was known to turn his back for a fee Finally he was an extortionist with a heart as black as his beard He would learn peoples secrets and then tell them he would tell the Church They would pay him to keep his mouth shut Sometimes he even set them up with a girl for wine Chaucers image of the Summoner with his face
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