The Canterbury Tales by Geoffrey Chaucer
The Friar
The Friar is described as a lively, jolly, and dignified man, despite the fact that he begs for his living. He is known for giving easy penances after hearing confession, especially if he thinks the person confessing will invite him to dinner or give him some coins afterwards. He carries knives and pins in his hood to give as gifts to women he meets on his travels. He can sing and play music well, but his primary interest is in making money, rather than on carrying out holy duties.
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Plot Summaries & Analysis
 General Prologue
 Summary
 Analysis
 The Knight's Tale
 Summary
 Analysis
 The Miller's Tale
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 Analysis
 The Reeve's Tale
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 Analysis
 The Cook's Tale
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 Analysis
 The Man of Law's Tale
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 Analysis
 The Wife of Bath's Prologue and Tale
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 The Friar's Tale
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 The Summoner's Tale
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 The Clerk's Tale
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 The Merchant's Tale
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 The Squire's Tale
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 The Franklin's Tale
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 The Physician's Tale
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 The Pardoner's Tale
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 The Shipman's Tale
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 The Prioress's Tale
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 The Tale of Sir Thopas
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 The Tale of Melibee
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 The Monk's Tale
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 The Nun's Priest’s Tale
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 The Second Nun's Tale
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 The Canon's Yeoman’s Tale
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 The Manciple's Tale
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 The Parson's Tale and Chaucer’s Retraction
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Character Analysis
 The Host
 The Knight, the Squire, and the Knight's Yeoman
 The Prioress, the Second Nun, and the Monk
 The Friar
 The Merchant
 The Clerk of Oxford
 The Man of Law and the Franklin
 The Haberdasher, Carpenter, Weaver, Dyer, and Upholsterer
 The Cook
 The Shipman
 The Physician
 The Wife of Bath
 The Parson and the Ploughman
 The Miller
 The Manciple
 The Reeve
 The Summoner and the Pardoner
 The Canon and the Yeoman
 Themes, Symbols & Motifs
 Writing Style & Structure
 Important Quotes