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Given the conditions of the trip and the time period, I'm sure this pilgrimage would be quite difficult, but if it were to be done, I'd just as soon be with this group of people than anybody else. I would like the opportunity to see and hear each one of them, as each represents a different facet of society at the time. It would be a great first-hand experience to learn by being directly in contact with them rather than simply gleaning information from history books.
Apart from this, I also like to travel in a leisurely kind of way and I appreciate the company of people who can tell a good yarn and think on their feet. It seems that in this techno era, we have lost the art or skill of telling a simple story and being able to be entertained by it.
It would be quite interesting to travel with this group since they represent such a cross section of their society and human nature in general. Anyone who enjoys "people watching" would find them irresistible! Just observing their dress in detail would be fascinating, even though Chaucer describes it in detail. We know from The Canterbury Tales what kind of people they are, but I would be really interested in finding out how they came to be the people they are. At what point in his life, for instance, did the Pardoner become corrupt? What experiences in his life led the Parson to such goodness and compassion? When the Prioress was a child, was she a dainty little girl or is her behavior learned? And the Wife! What additional stories she could tell!
I would love it! Can you imagine?! You would have the entertainment of both the characters themselves and their dynamics, the quarrels and so on, combined with the entertainment of the stories they share. If you are going on a pilgrimage, I wouldn't rather travel with anybody else!
Oh, yes. It is always entertaining when hypocrisy and corruption are exposed. And, the Wife of Bath is such a character! But----I would have to brush up on Old English again.
We should remember also, that most of the pilgrims are actually being quite cynical and opportunistic in the following of their religion through the idea of pilgrimage. Maybe they are a bit juvenile in their thinking, and haven't thought things through to a profound level--fancy thinking you can 'buy' your way into heaven with a few brownie points from a jolly holiday!
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