Question for 4/7

“Although the work as it stands includes 24 tales and runs to over 17,000 lines, The Canterbury Tales was far from complete at the end of Chaucer’s life. The General Prologue, in which the narrator introduces some thirty pilgrims, suggests that Chaucer intended to write more than 100 tales, with each narrator telling two tales on the journey to Canterbury and two on the way back,” (412).

Say Chaucer had managed to complete all 100 intended tales. What effect do you think this would have on the work or its legacy? How do you think this would alter the work’s reception, both during the time of Chaucer’s writing and now?

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