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In the General Prologue to the Cantebury Tales, how does Chaucer use images of food, eating and physical size in his descriptions of the pilgrims? How would I contrast the diets of the Prioress, Monk, Clerk and Reeve. What are the main points with these allusions?

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Many of Chaucer's character sketches in the Prologue to Canterbury Tales use the diet and eating habits of the characters as symbols of their personalities.

The Prioress, for example, is depicted as a very dainty diner:

At table she had been well taught withal,
And never from her lips let morsels fall,
Nor dipped her fingers deep in sauce, but ate(10)
With so much care the food upon her plate
That never driblet fell upon her breast.

This is part of her image as a person who "went to many pains...

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