In describing the Cook, Chaucer says, But very ill it was, it seemed to me, / That on his shin a deadly sore had he (lines 387 388). Is this a direct or indirect characterization? Is it both? What do these lines from The Prologue to The Canterbury Tales tell you about the Cook?
But very ill it was, it seemed to me, / That on his shin a deadly sore had he. These lines from the Canterbury Tales, describing the Cook, represent both direct and indirect characterisation. Direct because we learn something specific about the Cook, indirect in that the "sore" is a metaphor for the Cook's dirty, unhygienic habits, which Chaucer is uneasy about. Even in Chaucer's day it was
recognised that cooks ought to keep a clean kitchen, and that running sores were unhealthy.
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