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Claudius claims the knight's daughter and says she is his stolen servant
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From The Canterbury Tales:
The Physician's Tale
lines 191-212: Judge Appius allows Virginius no reply


       Virginius gan upon the cherl biholde,
But hastily, er he his tale tolde,
And wolde have preeved it as sholde a knyght,
And eek by witnessyng of many a wight,
195That it was fals, that seyde his adversarie,
This cursed juge wolde no thyng tarie,
Ne heere a word moore of Virginius,
But yaf his juggement and seyde thus:
       "I deeme anon this cherl his servant have,
200Thou shalt no lenger in thyn hous hir save.
Go, bryng hir forth, and put hir in our warde.
The cherl shal have his thral, this I awarde."
       And whan this worthy knyght Virginius,
Thurgh sentence of this justice Apius,
205Moste by force his deere doghter yeven
Unto the juge in lecherie to lyven,
He gooth hym hoom, and sette him in his halle,
And leet anon his deere doghter calle,
And with a face deed as asshen colde,
210Upon hir humble face he gan biholde
With fadres pitee stikynge thurgh his herte,
Al wolde he from his purpos nat converte.
       Virginius' eyes the churl's began to hold,
But hastily, before his tale he'd told,
Ready to prove it, as befits a knight,
And by the evidence of many a wight,
195That false was this charge of his adversary.
The wicked judge, he would no moment tarry,
Nor hear a word more from Virginius,
But gave his judgment then and there, as thus:
       "I do decree in favour of the churl:
200No longer shall you hold this servant girl.
Go bring her here and leave her as my ward.
This man shall have his slave, as my award."
       And when this noble knight Virginius,
By judgment of this Justice Appius,
205Must now, perforce, his darling daughter give
Unto the judge, in lechery to live,
He did go home and sat down in his hall,
And gave command his daughter there to call;
And, with a face dead white and ashen cold,
210Her modest mien his eyes did then behold,
With father's pity striking through his heart,
Though from his purpose he would not depart.




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From The Physician's Tale, lines 213-250:
Virginius rather kills his daughter than hand her over to the false judge
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