Whanne that April with his shoures sote
The droughte of March hath perced to the rote.
Canterbury Tales. Prologue. Line 1.
The Canterbury Tales begins with the general prologue, which sets the scene for the reader. It opens by telling the reader when the April showers replace March's drought people long to go on pilgrimages. Think of students in April. As soon as April comes the weather gets warmer and people long to go on Spring Break and vacation; it was similar for Chaucer's pilgrims. After a long cold winter, they were ready to travel.