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From The Shipman's Tale, lines 33-52:
The monk claims to be the merchant's cousin
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From The Canterbury Tales:
The Shipman's Tale
lines 53-74: The merchant invites the monk

       But so bifel, this marchant on a day
Shoop hym to make redy his array
55Toward the toun of Brugges for to fare,
To byen there a porcioun of ware;
For which he hath to Parys sent anon
A messenger, and preyed hath daun John
That he sholde come to Seint-Denys to pleye
60With hym and with his wyf a day or tweye,
Er he to Brugges wente, in alle wise.
       It so it happened, this merchant, on a day,
Prepared to make all ready his array,
55Since to the town of Bruges he was to fare
To purchase there a quantity of ware;
To which end he'd to Paris sent someone
With messages, and he had prayed Don John
That he should come to Saint-Denis to pay
60Him and his wife a visit for a day,
Before he went to Bruges, he certainly must do.
       This noble monk, of which I yow devyse,
Hath of his abbot, as hym list, licence,
By cause he was a man of heigh prudence,
65And eek an officer, out for to ryde,
To seen hir graunges and hire bernes wyde,
And unto Seint-Denys he comth anon.
Who was so welcome as my lord daun John,
Oure deere cosyn, ful of curteisye?
70With hym broghte he a jubbe of malvesye,
And eek another, ful of fyn vernage,
And volatyl, as ay was his usage.
And thus I lete hem ete and drynke and pleye,
This marchant and this monk, a day or tweye.
       This noble monk, whereof I'm telling you.
Had from his abbot, when he wished, license,
Because he was a man of great prudence,
65An officer, indeed, who out did ride
To see to barns and granges, far and wide;
And now to Saint-Denis he came anon.
Who was so welcome as my lord Don John,
Our cousin dear, so full of courtesy?
70With him he brought a jug of rare malmsey,
And still another full of fine vernage,
And wild fowls, too, as was his long usage.
And so I let them eat and drink and play,
This monk and merchant, for a night and day.

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From The Shipman's Tale, lines 75-88:
The merchant and his financial administration