What thirty characters are found in the Prolouge to The Canterbury Tales?My teacher said something about breaking a group apart but the group I found when I "broke them apart" I still only had...

What thirty characters are found in the Prolouge to The Canterbury Tales?

My teacher said something about breaking a group apart but the group I found when I "broke them apart" I still only had about 23/24 characters.

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The top of the feudal system is the Knight.  With him would be the Squire and the Yeoman.  Then the "head" nun or the Prioress with the Monk, the Nun, Friar and the Priest.  Following the religious figures is the Merchant. Then the Cleric, the Man of Law, and the Franklin. So far that's 12.

The next group are more of a working class.  It begins with the Haberdasher, the Carpenter, the Weaver, the Dyer, the Tapestry-maker, and the Cook.  That makes 6 more (18).

The rest follow no certain order.  The Shipman, the Physician, the Wife of Bath, the Parson, the Plowman, the Miller, the Manciple, the Reeve, the Summoner, the Pardoner, and then there is the host. That makes 11 in this group with a total of 29.  This all came straight from the list on the Prologue's summary link below.  Many count Chaucer as the final "character" so he could be #30 for your list.

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  1. The carpenter
  2. Chaucer
  3. The clerk
  4. the cook
  5. the dyer
  6. the franklin
  7. the frior
  8. the goodsman
  9. the guildsman
  10. the host
  11. the knight
  12. the manciple
  13. the man of law
  14. the merchant
  15. the miller
  16. the monk
  17. the nun
  18. the nun's priest
  19. the old woman
  20. the pardoner
  21. the parson
  22. the physician
  23. the ploughman
  24. the priouress
  25. the reeve
  26. the 2nd nun
  27. the shipman
  28. the squire
  29. the summoner
  30. the wife of bath
  31. the yeoman
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