As many have seen I am looking for information concerning
Chaucer's use of physiognomy in the Canterbury Tales.
Following are the physical descriptions that I got from
reading the prologue.
hair down to shoulders
small goad-like voice
couldn't grow hair on face
very red face
hot and lecherous
black scabby brows
deep bass voice
beard close shaven
hair cut above his ears
"docked on top/ Just like a priest"
lean legs(no calves)
big man, not fat, 224 pounds or 16 stones
"great stout fellow big in brawn and bone"
"broad, knotty, and short-shouldered
broad, red beard
red hair on wart on nose
black wide nostrils
mouth like "a furnace door"
Bald and shiny head
"prominent eyeballs never settled"
not pale skinned
"like a swan best, and roasted whole"
"sang. . . with a fine intoning through her nose"
"eyes glass grey"
small, soft, red mouth
full grown woman
The information that I am looking for is what a physiognomist
would say concerning these features. Also, any comments on
the characters themselves, their stories or physiognomy in
general would be appreciated.
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