The Two Tellers of "The Merchant's Tale."

Author / Editor
Elliott, John R., Jr.

The Two Tellers of "The Merchant's Tale."

Tennessee Studies in Literature 9 (1964): 11-17.

Argues that MerT "characterizes the Merchant" consistently, attributing several "awkward" passages in the Tale to the Merchant's engagement with an ongoing "debate" about marriage and considering his "pretensions" and "intense personal involvement" to be "indispensable for our understanding of the ludicrous contrasts" in the Tale—coarseness and courtliness, astrology and animalism, and deities and pettiness.

Chaucer Subjects
Merchant and His Tale