The Reeve’s Tale

It seems like one tale leads to another. I think the way that Chaucer plays off of the characters is really interesting. If he might have insulted carpenters in the Miller’s tale, he gives them a chance to pose a rebuttal in the tale that follows. The Reeve’s tale begins as just a way to insult the Miller. It’s funny that the tale itself is also a story of attempted revenge, albeit lighthearted. However, this tale has more in common with the Miller’s tale than it does the Knight’s, I think. Here, we also see that cleverness is valued, once again.

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