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The relationship of the Prologue to the Tale Truth and fiction Within the imagined by Chaucer world of the Canterbury pilgrims we meet various characters who present their own fictions In each case the tale is in some way a reflection of the teller and vice versa While Chaucer portrays the pilgrims initially in set pieces in the General Prologue we learn more about them as they tell their tales express opinions and trade insults as characters speak of themselves The Wifes prologue is by far the longest in the whole work two other pilgrims only - the Pardoner and the Canons Yeoman - are given fairly lengthy prologues She reveals herself in the volume of what she says more fully than any other pilgrim but its confused nature and lack of coherence make her self-portrait less clear-cut than say the Pardoners Moreover her account reveals a discrepancy between what we suspect to be the case and what she wants her hearers to think of her Her desire to wield sovereignty leads her to claim she has gained it more fully than warranted by the evidence she lets slip
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