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The Canterbury Tales


Key Questions and Answers

Summary Key Questions and Answers

4) Who wins the storytelling contest?

Chaucer does not announce a winner in the storytelling contest because The Canterbury Tales is left unfinished. The pilgrims agree to tell four stories each, two on the way to Canterbury and two on the way back. Yet most pilgrims tell at most one story, and The Canterbury Tales abruptly with the Parson’s sermon and Chaucer’s Retraction. Some stories, such as the Squire’s, remain unfinished.