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The Canterbury Tales: General Prologue & Frame Story

The Canterbury Tales: General Prologue & Frame Story

  

by Geoffrey Chaucer

The Canon and Canon's Yeoman Timeline and Summary

  • After the Second Nun's Tale, the Canon and his Yeoman appear, riding hard toward the pilgrims.
  • When they arrive, the Canon asks for permission to join the company and receives it, conditional on his ability to tell a merry tale.
  • When the Host asks what the Canon is or does, the Yeoman begins explaining that the two practice alchemy, albeit unsuccessfully.
  • The Canon becomes angry when he hears the Yeoman divulging his secrets, and leaves the group of pilgrims in a huff.
  • The Yeoman describes how the success of the alchemical endeavor continues to elude him, while its promise forever entices him.
  • The Canon's Yeoman tells the 22nd tale.

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