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From The Canterbury Tales:
The Physician'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 Physician's Tale:
A knight called Virginius has a wife and a beautiful virtuous fourteen-year-old daughter called Virginia. One day, a false judge named Appius sees Virginia and decides he will have her regardless the cost. However, Virginius rather kills his daughter instead of handing her over to the judge.
The plot of the Physician's Tale is quite unsatisfactory. Its only purpose is to pass through a simple and dull moral warning: forsake your sin before sin forsakes you.

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