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From The Canterbury Tales:
The Franklin's Tale
Modern english adjacent to middle english

About The Canterbury Tales:
Geoffrey Chaucer wrote The Canterbury Tales, a collection of stories in a frame story, between 1387 and 1400. It is the story of a group of thirty people who travel as pilgrims to Canterbury (England). The pilgrims, who come from all layers of society, tell stories to each other to kill time while they travel to Canterbury. He never finished his enormous project and even the completed tales were not finally revised. Scholars are uncertain about the order of the tales. As the printing press had yet to be invented when Chaucer wrote his works, The Canterbury Tales has been passed down in several handwritten manuscripts.


About The Franklin's Prologue and Tale:
In the prologue, the Franklin apologizes for his uneducated language. The Franklin's tale is about a knight called Arviragus who is married with a lady called Dorigen. During Arviragus' absence, a squire called Aurelius attempts to court Dorigen. She thinks to get rid of him by demanding something apparently impossible. When Aurelius however performs the impossible, Dorigen is faced with a major dilemma: either being faithfull to her husband and break her promise or being unfaithfull to her husband and keep her promise.

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