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The Canterbury Tales: General Prologue & Frame Story

The Canterbury Tales: General Prologue & Frame Story


by Geoffrey Chaucer

Chaucer (The Narrator) Timeline and Summary

  • Chaucer meets the pilgrims at the tavern near Southwark, becomes one of their company, and describes all of their characters.
  • In the Prologue to Sir Thopas, the Host makes fun of Chaucer for being fat and asks him to tell a tale.
  • After the Tale of Sir Thopas, the Host rebukes Chaucer for his horrible rhyming and suggests that he tell a tale in prose. Chaucer agrees.