Part One - A Brief SummaryEdit
The Man of Law, or Sergeant at Law, is the equivelant of a modern-day lawyer. Since there was apparently a need for lawyers in this time, we know that this was a time that had rules and laws that needed to be enforced, sometimes requiring the assistance of a lawyer. Lawyers had the social status of middle class.
This particular lawyer often settled disputes, usually about land. Unfortunately, we don't know a lot about this particular Man of Law, other than the fact that he was generally regarded as wise.
Part Two - Who Is He, Really?Edit
The Lawyer has been a lawyer for a long time. It is mentioned in a couple of different ways in the prologue during Chaucer's description of him that he's wise, and has a good reputation, having been appointed by letters from the King.. He has an incredible amount of knowledge of court cases dating back several years; additionally, he bought land quite frequently and was never disputed about the documents he presented for purchase.
He seems like a busy man, and indeed he is. He's been given copious amounts of money and fine clothing as payment from the people he has helped. Despite his riches, he wears generally plain clothing, such as that shown in the image above.
Part Three - What Does Chaucer Think of Him?Edit
Chaucer seems to be rather indifferent towards this character. He thinks neither highly nor poorly of him. The character himself is portrayed as someone who isn't neccesarily interesting, but as someone who is predictable.
Chaucer, Geoffrey, and R. M. Lumiansky. The Canterbury tales. Raleigh, N.C.: Alex Catalogue, 199. Print.
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