The Canterbury Tales: General Prologue & Frame Story
by Geoffrey Chaucer
The Cook Timeline and Summary
- The Cook's portrait is the twelfth in the General Prologue.
- Before his tale, the Host takes the Cook to task for selling stale meat-pies, giving pilgrims food poisoning, and running an unclean kitchen.
- The Cook is the fourth to tell his tale, after the Reeve and before the Man of Law.
- In the Manciple's Prologue, the Cook is so drunk that he can barely stay on his horse. He gets in a fight with the Manciple, during which he falls off his horse. To resolve the conflict, the Manciple gives the Cook more alcohol.