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The sultan's mother repudiates her son's conversion
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From The Canterbury Tales:
The Man of Law's Tale
lines 344-357: The sultan's mother initiates a conspiracy


       They sworen and assenten every man
345To lyve with hir, and dye, and by hir stonde,
And everich in the beste wise he kan
To strengthen hir shal alle hise frendes fonde,
And she hath this emprise ytake on honde,
Which ye shal heren, that I shal devyse.
350And to hem alle she spak right in this wyse:
       They swore and they assented, every man,
345To live by her and die, and by her stand;
And each of them, in what best wise he can,
Shall gather friends and followers into band;
And she shall take the enterprise in hand,
The form of which I soon will you apprise,
350And to them all she spoke, then, in this wise.

       "We shul first feyne us cristendom to take, -
Coold water shal nat greve us but a lite-
And I shal swich a feeste and revel make,
That, as I trowe, I shal the Sowdan quite;
355For thogh his wyf be cristned never so white,
She shal have nede to wasshe awey the rede,
Thogh she a font-ful water with hir lede!"
       "We will first feign the Christian faith to take;
Cold water will not harm us from the rite;
And I will such a feast and revel make
As will, I trust, to lull be requisite.
355For though his wife be christened ever so white,
She shall have need to wash away the red,
Though a full font of water be there sped."





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