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Posted November 27, 2007 at 2:18 PM via web

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Why do you suppose the Miller was chosen to lead the pilgrims out of town in the beginning of their journey?

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mrerick | High School Teacher | (Level 2) Associate Educator

Posted July 30, 2008 at 10:03 AM (Answer #2)

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Two possible reasons for this depending on what you want to believe about the nature of our pilgrims and their pilgrimage.

The nice version is that he led them because of his ability to play the bagpipes well.  In this manner, he sets off for Canterbury playing a lively tune that sets the mood for the entire journey.

I prefer to believe he led them because of his true nature.  The miller was a bawdy and obnoxious individual who possessed a strong physical presence.  It's very possible that he loudly decided he was leaving and everybody else was forced to follow him.

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