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From The Canterbury Tales:
The Summoner'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 Summoner's Prologue and Tale:
The Summoner responds ill-tempered to the Friar's tale and attempts to insult the Friar by telling that friars live in the devil's arse.
The Summoner's tale is about a greedy friar who has no shame cajoling churchly donations out of his people and friends. The Summoner obviously seeks some revenge for the Friar's tale.

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