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Character AnalysisThe Squire is the Knight's son, accompanying him on this pilgrimage. We thinkhe's a pretty good squire; after all, Chaucer tells us that he rides a horse well, canjoust well, and he carves the meat for the Knight well atdinner. After the Franklin interrupts his tale, he praises the Squire for being everything a young man ought to be.But, from his portrait we get the impression that the Squire is still pretty young – more of a man-boy than a man. Chaucer describes him as "embrouded" as if he were a "meede / al ful of fresshe floures, whyte and reede" (89 – 90) – embroidered like a meadow full of red and white flowers. That sounds more like a description of a maiden than a man! And, in his portrait, Chaucer spends a lot more time talking about how well the Squire can dance, sing, write poetry and, most importantly, indulge in serious crushes, than he does about the Squire's prowess on the battlefield.

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