His heed was balled, that shoon as any glas,
And eek his face, as he hadde been enoynt.

from Geoffrey Chaucer – The Canterbury Tales (General Prologue) on Rap Genius


(= His head was bald, and shone as did any glass / And also his face, as he had been anointed.)

The Monk definitely has an air of the ‘jolly fat man’.

The shininess of his head and face (which had been anointed, i.e. rubbed with oil) lend weight to critics who think that Chaucer admires the Monk’s vitality; his love of life.

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