One night in April, Chaucer meets some pilgrims at the Tabard Inn in London where they would spend the night before starting their pilgrimage: they are 29 and they want to go to Canterbury to visit the tomb of the martyr Thomas Becket.
There are a Knight and his son, the Squire, who are both perfect gentlemen; a countryman who's a true man of the forest; a Prioress, whose name is Madam Eglantine: she's very polite, fine and sensitive, she speaks French and has very good manners.
There are also many religious people, nuns, priests, monks and friars, but a lot of them are rich and love gold and the world better than God.
There are a Merchant, a Cleric and a Franklin; after them, a Cook, a brown-faced Sea-Captain who looks like a pirate, and an expert doctor.
Here's the Wife of Bath! She wears a huge hat, a long coat, new shoes and red thights; she has been married five times and she travelled a lot to Spain, to France, to Jerusalem,...
Then, there's a fat Miller, who loves drinking and who rubs corn from his customers.
There's a Parson, who loves God and always helps poor and sick people.
But behind him, there are also two bad men: the Summoner, who punishes people that break Church's laws, and the Pardoner, who always carries pieces of wood, cloth or bones which he says come from Jesus or the Saints to make money from the poors.
So after eating a big meal, the Host suggests that each pilgrim tells a story on the way to Canterbury and another one on the way back to enjoy the long journey.
Then, he'll give a prize to the best story. Everybody agrees with the Host and goes to bed; the next morning the Knight starts to tell the first story.
What did Chaucer tell us in the Prologue?
a. When and where did Chaucer meet the pilgrims?
Chaucer met the pilgrims at night in spring, at the Tabard Inn in London.
b. Why did the girls like the Squire?
The girls liked the Squire because he was a very handsome, young and polite man.