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Aurelius goes to the wizard to fulfil his promise
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From The Canterbury Tales:
The Franklin's Tale
lines 863-886: Aurelius tells the wizard about his financial constraint and repeats what happened


       With herte soor he gooth unto his cofre,
And broghte gold unto this philosophre
865The value of fyve hundred pound, I gesse,
And hym bisecheth of his gentillesse
To graunte hym dayes of the remenaunte,
And seyde, "Maister, I dar wel make avaunt,
I failled nevere of my trouthe as yit.
870For sikerly my dette shal be quyt
Towareds yow, how evere that I fare,
To goon a begged in my kirtle bare!
But wolde ye vouche sauf upon seuretee
Two yeer or thre, for to respiten me,
875Thanne were I wel, for elles moot I selle
Myn heritage, ther is namoore to telle."
       This philosophre sobrely answerde,
And seyde thus, whan he thise wordes herde,
"Have I nat holden covenant unto thee?"
880       "Yes, certes, wel and trewely," quod he.
       "Hastow nat had thy lady, as thee liketh?"
       "No, no," quod he, and sorwefully he siketh.
       "What was the cause, tel me if thou kan?"
       Aurelius his tale anon bigan,
885And tolde hym al, as ye han herd bifoore,
It nedeth nat to yow reherce it moore.
       With sore heart he went then to his coffer,
And took gold unto this philosopher,
865The value of five hundred pounds, I guess,
And so besought him, of his nobleness,
To grant him dates for payment of the rest,
And said: "Dear master, I may well protest
I've never failed to keep my word, as yet;
870For certainly I'll pay my entire debt
To you, however after I may fare,
Even to begging, save for kirtle, bare.
But if you'd grant, on good security,
Two years or three of respite unto me,
875Then all were well; otherwise must I sell
My heritage; there is no more to tell."
       Then this philosopher soberly answered
And spoke in this wise, when these words he'd heard:
"Have I not fairly earned my promised fee?"
880       "Yes, truly, you have done so, sir," said he.
       "Have you not bad the lady at your will?"
       "No, no," said he, and sighed, and then was still.
       "What was the reason? Tell me if you can."
       Aurelius his tale anon began,
885And told him all, as you have heard before;
It needs not I repeat it to you more.




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The wizard discharges Aurelius and the Franklin asks his audience who was most generous
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