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From The Canterbury Tales:
The Friar'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 Friar's Prologue and Tale:
The Friar comments on the Wife of Bath's tale and announces a tale that will elaborate the treacherous trade and practice of the summoner's profession. The Summoner responds and says he will not take the Friar's tale personally, but will repay the Friar in time.
The Friar's tale is about the trade and earnings of a nameless summoner who attempts to blackmail and old widow by serving a false summons. Eventually the summoner is cursed to hell by the old woman.

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