The Question and Answer section for The Canterbury Tales is a great resource to ask questions, find answers, and discuss the novel.
He wants to eat and drink before he tells his tale.
The pilgrims are travelling in the month of April. They are headed to Canterbury (hence the title) to worship at the shrine of St. Thomas a' Becket. This was quite a common trip in the Middle Ages though not as solemn and devout as say going to...
Respond: in which part of the tale did you find the mismatch between Chaucer's style and the events of the story most amusing? Why?