Dating a nun

The Host - The leader of the group, the Host is large, loud, and merry, although he possesses a quick temper.

He mediates among the pilgrims and facilitates the flow of the tales.

Her table manners are dainty, she knows French (though not the French of the court), she dresses well, and she is charitable and compassionate.

The Monk - Most monks of the Middle Ages lived in monasteries according to the Rule of Saint Benedict, which demanded that they devote their lives to “work and prayer.” This Monk cares little for the Rule; his devotion is to hunting and eating.

She has been married five times and had many other affairs in her youth, making her well practiced in the art of love.

She presents herself as someone who loves marriage and sex, but, from what we see of her, she also takes pleasure in rich attire, talking, and arguing.

Many pardoners, including this one, collected profits for themselves.

These characteristics were associated with shiftiness and gender ambiguity in Chaucer’s time.Indeed, the Miller seems to enjoy overturning all conventions: he ruins the Host’s carefully planned storytelling order; he rips doors off hinges; and he tells a tale that is somewhat blasphemous, ridiculing religious clerks, scholarly clerks, carpenters, and women.The Prioress - Described as modest and quiet, this Prioress (a nun who is head of her convent) aspires to have exquisite taste.His title of “host” may be a pun, suggesting both an innkeeper and the Eucharist, or Holy Host.The Parson - The only devout churchman in the company, the Parson lives in poverty, but is rich in holy thoughts and deeds.