Absolom is a fitting picture of a clerk of the parish. Chaucer has seen fit to give him only the bare necessity items, but focuses more on his ability to dance and sing and play music which The Clerk uses to help his cause in “Wooing” Alsioun. His ability to entertain people assists him in persuading and fitting in with the townspeople with little to know difficulty, allowing him to get closer to other people. He is described as having the simplest attire consisting of a basic blue coat and red hose. His face is depicted of that of a small child, with “rosy red cheeks” and eyes as “grey as a goose” covered in a mop of striking golden hair. Chaucer also describes him as squeamish about certain bodily functions, which may imply that his personality is very rigid in what may be appropriate around other people.
Nicholas is described as a poor scholar, but is sly and meek with many books and readings, so is a well learned character. Chaucer has described him as being able to persuade anybody to his cause. This appears to be a main personality trait that has been implied through his description of Nicholas. His physical description of Nicholas is that of a “Pretty Boy” with a personality that has him thinking he is god’s gift to all. “Ful often blessed was his myrie throte.” Chaucer decorates Nicholas in a fashion comparable to the smell of a rose garden, using this description to alert the reader of his desirable smell and the implications of such a nature that accompany it.
Chaucer creates an extremely detailed description of Alisoun, which implies many traits for her personality, showing that she likes the attention, in the way she dresses, and likes to show off. To begin, Chaucer describes Alisoun as being petite with the characteristics of a weasel, which may have implications for her personality and behavior. Described as wearing attire that implies great stature and fortune in this current era, such as wearing a girdle made of plain stripes of silk, with an embroided smock with a black collar which further implies wealth and stature as embroided material is quite costly. Chaucer tries to contrast Alisoun with her clothes and skin tone, by saying “Ful brighter was the shynyng of hir hewe Than in the Tour the noble yforged newe.” Allowing the reader to picture a stunningly beautiful woman with a bright complexion placed against a dark background to make her stand out, which seems to be a key personality trait with Alisoun. Chaucer then moves onto her facial features depicting a picture of beauty having “lickerish” eyes with carefully plucked eyebrows colored black and being highly slanted. Chaucer does not wish to allow the reader to make up their mind whether Alisoun is beautiful or not, but forces the reader to picture a woman of beauty by saying “There nys no man so wys that koude thenche So gay a popelote or swich a wenche.” Implying that no man could ever possibly imagine how beautiful this woman is. Chaucer implies her beauty multiple times throughout the story accompanied by items that would greatly contrast her said beauty, such as being described as having skin softer than the wool of a sheep, and being more beautiful than a newly budding pear tree. He spends a little while describing her bodily features, seeming to imply that she shows off cleavage by stating, “A brooch she baar upon hir lowe coler, As brood as is the boos of a bokeler.” As well as having long and slender legs. “Long as a mast, and upright as a bolt.” In this writing, Chaucer has greatly sexualized her character description, which assists in her personality traits.
Student or Learner