Part one


What specific occupation does your character practice?
"She had such a talent for making cloth that she supassed the weavers of Ypres and Ghent." (Lines 449-450)
What does the need for this occupation tell us about the time period?
People wanted to have fine things and cared about their social standing whether it be from jobs to how they look.
What was his or her social standing?
Middle Class becasue she is a wife, and she spends her free time making clothes.
What might your character's day to day life be like?
She is very social, likes to gossip, makes cloth, likes the finer things in life
What details abouth this character does Chaucer not include?
Chaucer does not include how she feels about the pilgrimage and how she interactes with the others also going.
What modern day occupation might correspond to your medieval character and why?
She would be compared to as a house wife.


Part Two


A good WIFE was there, from near Bath.
She was somewhat deaf, which was a shame.
She had such a talent for making cloth
that she surpassed the weavers of Ypres and Ghent.
In all the parish there was no wife
entitled to make her offering before her,
and if one did, certainly she was so angry
thta she was out of all charity.
Her kerchiefs were of very fine fabric:
I dare say that the ones that were on her head of
a Sunday must have weighed ten pounds.
Her house were of fine scarlet red,
laced tightly and her shoes very new and supple.
Her face was bold and handsom and ruddy.
SHe had been a worthy woman all her life;
she had had five husbands at the church door,
aside from other company in youth;
but of that there is no need to speak now.
And three times had she been at Jerusalem:
she had crossed many a stranger river;
she had been at Rome and at Boulogne,
in Galicia at the shrine of Saint James, and at Cologne.
She knew much anout wandering by the way.
She was gap-toothed, to tell the truth.
On a ambling horse she sat easily,
well wimpled; and on her head was a hat
as broad as a buckler or a shield;
a foot-mantel was loose about her hips,
and on her feet a pair of sharp spurs.
In company she could laugh and gossip well.
She knew of the remedies of love as it happned,
for she new art's old dance.

Paraphrase each line of the prologue describing your character.

There was a WIFE from bath,
She was deaf which was a shame.
She was good at making clothes
she was a better cloth maker than weavers of Ypres and Ghent.
In all of the hard times if there is not a wife there.
To serve her husband or anyother male figure,
if she were to serve them she would be upset
she would not be willing to serve for them.
Her fabrics were nice fabrics:
the ones on her head she wore to church
must have weighed ten pounds.
Her panyhose was scarlet red,
and she had nice new shoes laved tightly.
Her face was ruddy, bold, and handsom.
She had been a worthy women for all her life;
she had married five different men,
as well as having other partners in her youth;
but we don't need to talk about that now.
She went to Jerusalem three times;
crossed many rivers in new places;
went to Rome and Boulonge,
was in Galicia at the shrine of Saint James, and she was at Cologne.
She knew too much about traveling.
She was gap-toothed.
She sat fine on a calm horse,
and she had a fine head wrap and a hat
as big as a shield on her head;
she wore a riding skirt on her hips,
and on her feet she wore sharp spurs.
When around people she gossiped and was social.
She knew how to mend a broken heart,
and knew that art's old dance.

Which lines in the prologue best describe your characetr's physical appeareance?
Reference to the original text in orange.
Which lines describe her personality?
Reference to the original text in blue.
Which specific words add to your understanding of the character's personality?
Reference to the original text in green.

List at least 5 examples of spelling cariations from middle to modern English.
Ypres
Ghent
foot-mantle
wimpled
art's old dance
kerchiefs

Part Three

What is Chauer's opinion toward this character?
Chauer's opinion toward the wife is that she is a nymph, or she is addicted to sex. He also thinks that she will do well on this pilgrimage.

What specifc lines or words tell you this?
He thinks that she is a nymph because:
  • "she had had five husbands at the church door, aside from other company in youth;" (lines 462-463)
  • "She was gap-toothed, to tell the truth." (line 470)
    • A woman with a gap between her front two teeth are usually reffered to as nymphomaniacs, meaning a sex addict. Of course such thinking now is bypassed and considered ignorant.
He thinks she will do fine on the pilgrimage because:
  • "And three times had she been at Jerusalem; she had crossed many a strange river; she had been at Rome and Boulogne, in Galicia at the shrine of Saint James, and at Cologne. She knew much about wandering by the way." (Lines 465-469)

Vocab:

Kerchiefs- Bandanna
Hose - Pantyhose
Supple - can be bent or folded without any creases, cracks, or breaks
Ambling - to walk or move at a slow relaxed pace
Wimple - Head rap that comes to tie around the chin
Foot-mantle - A horse riding skirt