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In April, with the beginning of spring, people of varying social classes come from all over England to  gather at the Tabard Inn in preparation for a pilgrimage to Canterbury to receive the blessings of St.  Thomas à Becket, the English martyr. Chaucer himself is one of the pilgrims. That evening, the Host  of the Tabard Inn suggests that each member of the group tell tales on the way to and from  Canterbury in order to make the time pass more pleasantly. The person who tells the best story will  be awarded an elegant dinner at the end of the trip. The Host decides to accompany the party on its  pilgrimage and appoints himself as the judge of the best tale. Shortly after their departure the day, the pilgrims draw straws. The Knight, who draws the shortest  straw, agrees to tell the first story — a noble story about knights and honor and love. When the 
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This note was uploaded on 12/05/2011 for the course ENGLISH 101 taught by Professor Staff during the Fall '11 term at Texas State.

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