The knight tells them that women want sovereignty over their husbands, which the women agree is the correct answer. The summoner in the tale, however, only chases after people who have enough money to pay the substantial fine for their misbehavior, and the summoner then pockets half of what he collects instead of giving it to the archdeacon. We know that this is no proper occupation for a Friar because the narrator tells us so: in this, says Chaucer, he is not like a poor scholar friar, but more like a master or a pope. After many adventures at sea, including an attempted rape, Custance ends up back in Rome, where she reunites with Alla, who has made a pilgrimage there to atone for killing his mother. He claims that he will tell the tale of a carpenter and his wife. The archdeacon had a summoner who was talented at hunting down lechers.
His tale complete, the Pardoner offers to sell the pilgrims pardons, and singles out the Host to come kiss his relics. The host tried to quiet the Miller, but he demanded to speak. When the miller wakes up and finds out what has happened, he tries to beat the students. It is from this collection of stereotypes that the portrait of the Friar draws. Instead, they find eight bushels of gold, which they plot to sneak into town under cover of darkness.
In the tale, the Muslim sultan of Syria converts his entire sultanate including himself to Christianity in order to persuade the emperor of Rome to give him his daughter, Custance, in marriage. A shy, polite Prioress who is well mannered and proper wears a fine broach with inscriptions about love, her secretary, also known as the Second Nun, and a Monk also join the pilgrims to see the martyr. They would provide the Summoner with incriminating evidence against the parishioners thereby enabling him to fleece them. When people of his district had a dispute, the lecherous Friar was there. The last few pilgrims who are mentioned briefly are a physically large Miller, an intellectual and academic Manciple from a lawyer's college, a slender, fiery-tempered Reeve, a Summoner, and a Pardoner.
In fact, the narrator too seems to hold a higher opinion of the devil than of the summoner. Analysis The Friar's Tale and the next one, The Summoner's Tale, belong together as a unit because the Friar tells an uncomplimentary tale about a corrupt summoner, and the Summoner, in his turn, tells an uncomplimentary tale about a corrupt friar. Hubert, on the other hand, was quite wealthy. The narrator describes and lists the pilgrims skillfully, according to their rank and status. When the two arrive at the old lady's house, she is angry and does not want to pay the fine. The pilgrims, like the narrator, are traveling to the shrine of the martyr Saint Thomas Becket in Canterbury.
While , the immoral miller of the Reeve's tale, is hardly an exemplary character and exists only for ridicule, he at least is given a proper name that separates him from his profession. Analysis The Summoner becomes insane with anger upon hearing the Friar's , which, although it was told with great vitriol against summoners, had a measured manner and refrained from personal attacks. Unfortunately, he died before the manuscript was finished. This Summoner had a secret network of private spies, that even included pimps and harlots, who acted as his informers. One morning, Palamon looks out the window, spies the fair Emelye, and falls immediately head over heels in love.
Along went this friar, house by house, until he came to the house of , a local resident who normally indulged him, and found him ill. Only Oswald, the elderly Reeve was offended. He only brings rich people who can pay him half of the money of the punishment. One day, the summoner was traveling to issue a summons to a yeoman, who had been hunting. Chaunticleer tells the fox he should turn around and taunt his tormenters. He agrees and they return to court, where the queen is assembled with her maids.
The oldest of the women asked Theseus for pity. He says that he will tell a tale with this moral: the love of money is the root of all evil. A young, lusty knight rapes a maid, but instead of having his head chopped off, the queen gives him the chance to save his life if he can find out what women want. He points out that summoners take bribes and are dishonest, so he will tell a tale that criticizes them. The miller, his wife, his grown daughter, his infant, and the two scholars all share a bedroom. The Host begs Chaucer to say something in prose with a sensible moral, and he replies with the long and long-winded prose Tale of Melibee. He went to the house of Thomas, a local resident who normally indulged him, and found him ill.
A widow and her two daughters live on a small farm, and their prized possession is Chaunticleer, a fine rooster. Part of the animosity between the two characters may be due to these orders of friars, which had been formed relatively recently, interfering with the work of the summoners. The Wife of Bath also enjoys providing her own interpretations of Biblical and classical literary allusions. The demon says that the man didn't really mean it, so he cannot take them. Were he truly living the life that St Francis, the first friar, prescribed, he would spend time with the poor and sick. Nicholas, a dashing young scholar from Oxford, woos Alison, and they devise a plan to sleep together.
An ugly old woman promises the knight that she will tell him the secret if he promises to do whatever she wants for saving his life. The man turns out to be a demon from hell. The frame story of the General Prologue is a religious pilgrimage: all of these characters have come together to go to the cathedral at Canterbury. He begins his tale by describing an archdeacon who was hard on sinners, but especially womanizers the Friar calls them lechers. General Prologue After a description of the spring, Chaucer the narrator introduces each of the pilgrims one by one.