The Reeve

Table of Contents

  • Characteristics
  • Lines Used For the Character
  • Vocabulary Terms
  • Allusions
  • Attitudes and Behaviors
  • Images
  • Web Sites Used


  • Hair

    • short, comes to ears and docked on top
  • Beard

    • close to skin, very trim
  • Description

    • Wears an overcoat of blue
    • Lean legs
    • Mercantile
    • Rusty blade at his side
    • His horse was dapple-grey and his name is Scot

Lines Used For the Character

  • Pages 156-157
  • Lines 605-640

Vocabulary Terms

  • Garners
    • buildings for storing grain
  • Splayed
    • to cause to spread outward
  • Stallion cob
    • a thickset, short legged male horse
  • Arrears
    • state of being in the discharge of obligations
  • Choleric
    • having a temperament in which yellow bile predominates, and therefore prone to outbursts of anger


  • Four Humors-The four humors are as follows: yellow bile, black bile, blood, and phlegm.
    • The Reeve is described as by Chaucer as having yellow bile (p.156 Line 605).

Attitudes and Behaviors

  • Snotty
  • Knowledgeable of his surroundings and people around him
  • Lives very well
  • Put away his money after working


  • Mercantile


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The Actor Who Would Play The Reeve

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Keanu Reeves

Web Sites Used

  1. Merriam-Webster Online Search. 21 Oct. 2009.
  2. Four Humors. Hippocratic Method and the Four Humors in Medicine. By N.S. Gill. 21 Oct. 2009. 2 Feb. 1999.