Part one-
  • The specific occupation that the Reeve holds is a farmer for his lord.
  • The need for this occupation tells us that all the food that the people ate was farmed, and that farming was very important in maintaining a good lifestyle and a healthy one.
  • He was most likely peasant class or trade class, but he is wealthy, and has a good amount of money. The only reason i say he is of that low of a class is because he works for his lord whomever that may be, a knight, the King, a Priest, whomever. Today he seems like he would be living a good life. He has money and a job and that’s a lot more than some people have.
  • The Chaucer does not include who his Lord is, what his background is like, and how he got all his money.
  • Today he would most likely be a maid or butler or something of that nature. I say this because he works for someone in the medieval times, so he most likely would be one in our time now. Farmer also isn’t as popular now days like it was back then.

Part Two-
  • The Reeve is a skinny, wrathful man who dorned a shaved beard and his hair was clipped in the front and short around the ears. His legs were slender, long, and had no muscles. He knew how to watch over a farm.
  • He is slender, choleric, lean
  • He is a wrathful person who knows how to please his lord, but can also be a decieving person
  • The Reeve is educated because it was mentioned he could calculate and can tell how much there should be of seed and grain. He is also suspecious because he carries a rusty blade around w/ him; he most likely could've killed someone since he is a wrathful person.

Part Three-
  • The Chaucer's opinion towards this character is respectful. He gives the Reeve much credit and praise for all the great things he has and can do.
  • The lines that tell me this are where he calls him a great carpenter, and when he says that people are scared to death of him. It shows that he has power of the people and they respect him. He also says "he can calculate according to droughts and rains" which shows that he see's the Reeve as smart and he gives him credit as being a better buyer than his lord.
  • Word choices such as arrears and shorn require understanding of the vocab from this time.

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Helium. The Canterbury Tales: Summary and analysis of the Reeve's Prologue and Tale . 15 September 2011

SparkNotes. The Canterbury Tales. 13 September 2011

The Henry E. Huntington Library and Art Gallery. The Canterbury Tales. 15 September 2011