Occupation part 1
Medieval Times needed this occupation because the Merchants would trade what they do not need to get more clothing, food, weapons, and armor.
Merchants were in the Middle Class
An everyday life of a Medieval Merchant was busy. They always worked and traveled to trade with other countries, that was their life. That's how they made money.
Chaucer did not include that a Merchant is in the Middle Class, what they traded, where they trade, and who they traded with.
A Market is an occupation for a Merchant in modern times.
CHARACTER PROLOGUE part 2
A Merchant was there with a forked beard, in motley, and high on horse he sat, Upon his head a Flanderish beaver hat, His boots clasped fair and fetisly. (lines 270-273)
His reasons he spoke full solempnely, Sounding always the increase of his winning. (line 274-275) This worthy man full well his wit beset (line 279)
The words that add to my understanding of my characters personality are worthy (line 279) and solempnely (line 274)
Some examples of spelling variations from middle to modern English are
WORDS FROM THE PROLOGUE
1. Seson- season
2. felawshipe- fellowship
3. nyne- nine
4. redy- ready
5. hadde- had
Chaucers view on the Merchant Part 3
In solemn tones he harped on his increase Of capital; there should be sea-police (He thought) (lines 285-287). He was an expert at dabbling exchanges (line 288). This estimable Merchant so had set, He wits to work, none knew he was in debt (lines 289-290). He was so stately in administration. In loans and bargains and negotiations (lines 291-292). He was an excellent fellow all the same (line 293). To tell the truth I do not know his name. (line 294)
WORD CHOICES FROM THE PROLOGUE.