With this, Chaucer avoids targeting any specific audience or social class of readers, focusing instead on the characters of the story and writing their tales with a skill proportional to their social status and learning. However, even the lowest characters, such as the Miller, show surprising rhetorical ability, although their subject matter is more lowbrow. Vocabulary also plays an important part, as those of the higher classes refer to a woman as a "lady", while the lower classes use the word "wenche", with no exceptions. At times the same word will mean entirely different things between classes. The word "pitee", for example, is a noble concept to the upper classes, while in the Merchant's Tale it refers to sexual intercourse. Again, however, tales such as the Nun's Priest's Tale show surprising skill with words among the lower classes of the group, while the Knight's Tale is at times extremely simple. 
A translation of Sir Gawain is now in progress.
click here A trial version of An Index to the Spellings in Chaucer's Works (Riverside edition (Nov 17, 2008 click here Nov 6. 2008 An Index to the Tales and Subjects in John Gower's Confessio amantis is also now available. A trial version of the first Book of Troilus is also now ready;
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This is the complete corpus of Geoffrey Chaucers' works in Middle English.
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