Piers Plowman

by

William Langland

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Master of Divinity Character Analysis

The Master of Divinity is one of the guests at Patience’s feast, along with Clergy, Scripture, Conscience, and Will. The Master is unabashedly gluttonous, as he stuffs himself with rich dishes, leaving only simple, sour foods for the others. Will immediately dislikes the Master and even criticizes him to his face.
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Master of Divinity Character Timeline in Piers Plowman

The timeline below shows where the character Master of Divinity appears in Piers Plowman. The colored dots and icons indicate which themes are associated with that appearance.
Passus XIII
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...in another dream and invites him to a dinner with Clergy, Scripture, Patience, and a Master of Divinity . At the feast, the Master sits at the place of honor, while Will and... (full context)
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Will is distressed by the way the Master of Divinity drinks excessive amounts of wine and stuffs himself with food. He tells Patience that he... (full context)
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Will thinks that the Master of Divinity “Has no pity on us poor.” Angrily, he wishes that the food placed in front... (full context)
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Will finally has his chance to ask the Master of Divinity his questions. Between gulps of wine, the Master answers that Do-Well is to try not... (full context)
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The Master of Divinity interrupts Patience’s teachings, claiming that nothing can “…produce a peace between the Pope and his... (full context)