| Quote #19
Tragedie is to seyn, a certeyn storie,
Why does the Monk think it's necessary to define the genre of his tale, when none of the other pilgrims have done so?
| Quote #20
I seye for me, it is a greet disese,
In expressing his preference for tales in which someone ascends to great fortune, rather than falls from prosperity, the Knight reveals that for him, the most important consideration in determining the worth of a tale is whether or not it makes him feel happy. In this he agrees with the Host and perhaps, the Man of Law.
| Quote #21
Youre tale anoyeth al this compaignye.
Taking his critique of the Monk's Tale a step further than the Knight, the Host declares the Monk's tragedies not only unpleasant to hear, but annoying and worthless. This is probably why the Monk reacts so sulkily when the Host asks him to tell another tale.