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The Canterbury Tales: General Prologue & Frame Story

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.