The Monk

Table of Contents

  • Estate
  • Vocab
  • Physical Description
    • Interpretation
  • Allusions
  • Works Cited



The Monk is in the "Those who Pray" estate. He really is not following what he is supposed to be, but he is not
abusing his position any, he just hunts when he was taught not to. He seems like a good member of society.


  • Personable- pleasing in behavior and appearance
  • Abbot- the head of a monastery
  • Dainty- excellent
  • To course- for hunting
  • Palfrey- saddle horse
  • Bridle- A bridle is a piece of equipment used to direct a horse
  • Prior - An officer in a monastic order of religious house, sometimes next in rank below an Abbot
  • Cloistered - pertaining to isolation, protection, being hidden way for the sake of maintaining innocence; naive,
  • lacking in worldliness
  • Prelate - A clergy man of high rank and authority, having jurisdiction over an area or a group of people; normally
  • a bishop


Physical description

"His head was bald and shone like looking-glass;
So did his face, as if it had been greased.
He was a fat and personable priest;
His prominent eyeballs never seemed to settle.
They glittered like the flames beneath a kettle;
Supple his boots, his horse in the fine condition.
He was a prelate fit for exhibition,
He was not pale like a tormented soul.
He liked a fat swan best, and roasted whole.
His palfrey was a s brown as is a berry."
lines 202-211


The Monk is bald and has a greasy face. Hes fat and very outgoing.
He seems nervious. He wears boots, and has a very elegent hourse,
and he likes his food.



  • St. Benet, St. Maur - St. Benedict, established a strict set of rules for monks' behavior, and his follower, St. Maurus, introduced those rules into France.
  • Austin - St. Augustine of Hippo, recommended that monks engage in hard agricultural labor

Works Cited

  • Allen, Janet, Applebee Arthur, and Burke Jim. British Literature. Evanston, IL: McDougal Littell , 2008.
  • "SparkNotes: The Canterbury Tales". SparkNotes LLC. 10/22/09 Web.