The Shipman's Tale

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Chaucer English 315 “The Shipman’s Tale”  1. Who are the “merchants” in “The Shipman’s Tale”? Explain what is being bought and sold. 2. Comment on the juxtaposition of the garden and the counting house in this text. What is the symbolic significance of both locations? 3. Critics say that “The Shipman’s Tale” was originally assigned to the Wife of Bath. What evidence could you offer about this tale that might make it suitable for the Wife to tell? Or what evidence would you cite to contradict this argument? 4. My gold is yours, whan it yow leste,
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Unformatted text preview: And nat oonly my gold, but my chaffare. Take what yow list, God shilde that ye spare. But o thing is, ye knowe it wel ynogh, Of chapmen, that hir moneie is hir plogh. We may creaunce whil we have a name; But goldless for to be, it is no game. Paye it again whan it lith in youre ese; After my myghte ful fayn wolde I yow plese. (284-92) What is ironic about the metaphors used by the merchant to describe his business? 5. Compare “The Shipman’s Tale” to one of the other fabliaux we have studied this semester....
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