The Canterbury TalesGeoffrey Chaucer The Miller
his status A Medieval Merchant was a a businessperson engaged in retail trade. The word 'merchant' is believed to be derived from the Latin word "mercari meaning to traffic and the French word "mercis" meaning wares. A Medieval merchant would often travel and traffic with foreign countries; a trafficker; a trader. A Medieval merchant would source his supplies and sell them to various customers via shops, markets or Medieval fairs. Most villages and towns in Medieval England were as self-sufficient as possible so it was the more unusual, exotic or expensive goods that a travelling merchant would generally trade in. General Merchants were called Mercers. The Mercers were later restricted to a dealer in textile fabrics, as silks or woollens.
GeneralPrologue The millerwas a chapofsixteenstone, A greatstoutfellow big in drawn and bone. Hedidwell out ofthem, forhecould go And win the ram at any wrestling show. Broad, knotty, and short shouldered, hewouldboast Hecouldheaveanydoor off hinge and post, Or take a run and break itwithhis head. Hisbeard, likeanysoworfox, wasred, And broadaswell,thoughitwere a spade; And, at itsverytip, hisnosedisplayed At wart on whichtherestood a tuftofhair Red as the bristles in anoldsow’sears. Hisnostrilswereasblackastheywere wide. Hehad a sword and buckler at his side, Hismightymouthwaslike a furnacedoor. A wrangler and buffoon, hehad a store Oftavernstories, filthy in the main Hiswas a master-hand at stealinggrain. Hefeltitwithhisthumb and thisheknew Itsquality and tookthreetimesitsduen – A thumbofgold, byGod, toguageanoat! Hewore a hoodofblue and whitecoat . Helikedto play bag pipes up and down And thatwashowhebroughtus out oftown
Characteristics • The Miller's physical stature fits his story, which is uncouth and, for many, obscene. He is a heavyset man, "a stout Carl (fellow) full big" of muscle and bone, and he is always the winner at wrestling. He is a fearful sight and vulgar. Most noticeable is a large wart with hairs growing out as long and as red as a thistle at the tip of his nose. • If most of the pilgrims are going to Canterbury for religious reasons, the Miller is probably going to benefit from the curative powers which were heralded. He is an awesome fellow, and, like the Summoner, a person one would not want to meet in the dark. His tale is one of the best constructed and the best comic situations of the all the tales. As evidenced in his tale, the Miller also has an obvious grudge against carpenters and perhaps towards the Reeve himself, who was once a member of a carpenter's guild.
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