Buy Study Guide "When April comes with his sweet, fragrant showers, which pierce the dry ground of March, and bathe every root of every plant in sweet liquid, then people desire to go on pilgrimages.
Analysis The General Prologue was probably written early in the composition of the Canterbury Tales, and offers an interesting comparison point to many of the individual tales itself.
The Wife of Bath is so adept at making cloth that she surpasses even the cloth-making capitals of Chaucer's world, Ypres and Ghent, and she wears coverchiefs linen coverings for the head which must the narrator assumes have 'weyeden ten pound'.
He loves drinking wine which is as 'reed as blood', and eating leeks, onions and garlic. A Haberdasher and a Carpenter, a Weaver, a Dyer and a Tapycer weaver of tapestries are next described, all of them clothed in the same distinctive guildsman's dress. After talking to them, he agrees to join them on their pilgrimage.
Many of the 'types' of characters featured would have been familiar stock characters to a medieval audience: the hypocritical friar, the rotund, food-loving monk, the rapacious miller are all familiar types from medieval estates satire see Jill Mann's excellent book for more information.
The narrator believes that there is no better priest to be found anywhere.