Roger - sold to them In reality though this tale was to be a tale to repay the earlier narrators At the end of his prologue the Cook suggests that

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Roger, the London cook, rejoices in the Reeve's tale and thinks that the crooked miller was well  repaid for trying to cheat the two students and ridiculing their education. The Cook promises a lively  tale, and the Host reminds him that he has to tell a very good tale, indeed, to repay the company for  all of the bad food he has sold to them. An apprentice cook, named Perkin Reveler, works in London and loves dancing, singing, gambling,  carousing, and all types of sinful things. After being dismissed by his master, the young man is free  to revel all night and day and joins another young man as corrupt as he is and moves his bed and  belongings into his place. The man's wife keeps a shop, which is a front for her immoral activities. In the prologue to  The Cook's Tale,  the Host chides the Cook for all the seemingly bad food he has 
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Unformatted text preview: sold to them. In reality, though, this tale was to be a tale to repay the earlier narrators. At the end of his prologue, the Cook suggests that he will tell a tale about a publican (tavern owner) but decides to wait until the return trip home. This fits with Chaucer's original plan of having the pilgrims tell stories both on the way to Canterbury and back. This fragment of a tale, which Chaucer neither finished nor deleted, is not long enough for one to predict accurately what happens to young Perkin Reveler, but the indications are that he falls rapidly into sin. The early implications are that this unfinished tale was to be of the same general type as the Miller's and the Reeve's and was apparently to have dealt with the total perversion of the human soul. To say more would be pure conjecture....
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