Chaucer's English: A Quiz Deck from The Canterbury Tales
Sample Card Text
Who is this? “The Cook’s Tale” Lines 4370–4375
Dauncen he koude so wel and jolily
That he was cleped Perkyn Revelour.
He was as ful of love and paramour
As is the hyve ful of hony sweete;
Wel was the wenche with hym myghte meete.
At every bridale wolde he synge and hoppe.
He could dance so well and so merrily
That they called him Little Peter the Partier.
He was as full of love and lust
As the hive is full of honey.
Happy was the young girl who met up with him.
At every wedding feast he would sing and dance.
The Cook describes a jolly apprentice who worked for a shopkeeper in the food suppliers’ guild. The shopkeeper was relieved to let this apprentice go—saying one rotten apple could spoil an entire lot. On his own, the happy-go-lucky fellow borrowed from companions until he met and married a prostitute, who kept a shop for appearances but made their living in her own way.