The Canterbury Tales of Geoffrey Chaucer
Edited by Percy MacKaye, and illustrated by Walter Appleton Clark
Geoffrey Chaucer was an English poet and author.
The number of tales selected is the result of the particular scope of this volume, which, as I have said, seeks only to present a representative part of the Canterbury Tales. The choice of the tales has been further limited by the expediency of selecting from among those which are neither too broad (as the Summoner's), nor too prolix (as the Parson's).
To the ten tales chosen have been added those prologues, epilogues, and links that directly pertain to them in the Chaucerian design. The Squire's Tale, though unfinished, has been included for the sake not only of its own romantic charm, but of that familiar citation of its author by which Milton has immortalised its very incompleteness, and taught us of the after-time still to "Call up him that left half-told, The story of Cambuscan bold." There remains for me to express what I should have preferred to signify, in otherwise, on the title-page my grateful acknowledgment of the vital assistance given to this book by Dr. John S. P. Tatlock of the University of Michigan.
He has read all the text in manuscript or proof, and in very few instances have I dissented from his emendations. The insight and supervision of his thorough scholarship have been of the utmost benefit to this undertaking.
Contents of the tales:
The Prologue . . . . . . . . . .1
The Knight's Tale 20
Words of the Host ......... 67
The Prologue of the Prioress' Tale 68
The Prioress 1 Tale 69
The Prologue of the Nun's Priest's Tale 74
The Nun's Priest's Tale 76
Epilogue to the Nun's Priest's Tale ...... 91
The Physician's Tale 92
Words of the Host ......... 99
The Prologue of the Pardoner's Tale 101
The Pardoner's Tale . . . . . . . . .104
The Wife of Bath's Prologue 116
The Tale of the Wife of Bath 134
The Clerk's Prologue 144
; The Clerk's Tale 146
The Squire's Tale 173
The Words of the Franklin 188
The Franklin's Prologue. 189
The Franklin's Tale 189
The Canon's Yeoman's Prologue . . . . . . .210
The Canon's Yeoman's Tale . . . , . . .214
Notes . . . 231
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