chapter  7
Answering the Riddle of the Cook’s Tale
Pages 32

The murky case of the Cook’s Tale presents a panoply of various issues relevant to the discussion of the Canterbury Tales as a textually dynamic work with a history of interaction. However, unlike the other cases discussed in the first several chapters, the fragmented state of the tale, the cloudiness of Chaucer’s role and intentions, and the sheer variety of reader responses to the fragmented tale, both in the criticism and in the textual history of the Canterbury Tales, make the case of the Cook’s Tale unique in many ways.