This posting offers help with locating a passage of not more than 15 lines that you regard as a particularly effective description of one of the characters. Using that passage as evidence, it deduces 2 or 3 "rules" that an effective character description must fulfill.
As you select a passage that you regard as a particularly effective description of one of the characters, please allow my notes to help you to deduce 2 or 3 "rules" that an effective character description must fulfill:
First, please note that I am using the "The Cook's Tale," Chapter 8: Lines 1-15 to offer insights about characterization and purpose.
By using a common, everyday figure in the profession of a cook, Chaucer creates a familiar, almost stock or stereotype character, that readers easily relate to and achieve a sense of purpose in the storytelling. Please note the lines,
"There lived a 'prentice, once, in our city, and of the craft of victuallers was ...
The expert examines the Canterbury Tales. Effective descriptions of one of the characters are analyzed.