“The Prologue,” Canterbury Tales Characters
Distinguished, modest (71) yet heroic and strong (65), he fulfills expectation of a
knight (74). Courageous but does not brag about it and doesn’t insult people (72).
Follows the code of chivalry (45). Displays courtesy, generosity, honor (46).
Involved in big battles of the Crusades (51). Well-traveled, he’s met many people
in powerful places (63). Is respectable.
Knight’s apprentice (assistant) hoping to become a knight. This squire is also the
Knight’s son (81, 102). He whistles and sings (93). He’s concerned about how he
looks (83, 94) so that he can attract the ladies (99). During the day, he learns how
to become a knight (96), e.g. how to joust (98). But all night long, pursues fun.
Dressed in green, this is the Squire’s assistant. He is a rider who goes hunting,
wearing peacock feather arrows, bow, and hunting horn (114). He wears the medal
of St. Christopher—patron saint of travelers—on his breast (117). A typical
outdoorsy type, he is a woodsman forester (121) who carves things (110-111).
Madam Eglantyne is a nice, flirtatious (123), tender-hearted (146, 148, 149, 152,
154) prioress who feeds her dog luxuriously (151). She wears a broach that says
“Love conquers all” (166) and secular jewelry (162-163). Her table manners are
great (124, 132, 137-139); she’s a foodie (160), who wants to seem classy (131)
but speaks French badly (130) and has fake aplomb (143). Her priority is love.
The monk prioritizes hunting (171). He owns a lot of horses (172), suggesting he
is atypical of monks who are simple, don’t own a lot and are very spiritual. He
ignored the rules monks follow (177-180), including that monks shouldn’t hunt
A happy beggar of money for the church, this eloquent marriage counselor was
over-involved (216-217) with women, with whom he was popular (219, 238). He
would hear confessions (222)—a