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What was the physical appearance and dress of the Monk in "The Canterbury...

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amandalea2123 | Student, Undergraduate | eNotes Newbie

Posted November 13, 2008 at 1:50 AM via web

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What was the physical appearance and dress of the Monk in "The Canterbury Tales"?

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playsthething | High School Teacher | (Level 3) Assistant Educator

Posted November 13, 2008 at 2:09 AM (Answer #1)

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The Monk is not dressed as a typical Monk.  He doesn't wear the traditional simple habit and rosary, but wears a fur-trimmed cloak with a gold pin. He is also described as more portly than the usual thin Monk (from fasting).  All of this reveals that he is probably not a Monk because of his religious zeal, as he doesn't live the ascetic lifestyle.

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