a grain on his tongue that would allow him to speak until it was removed. Fragment IX, the Manciples Tale, fragment X, the Parsons Tale. However, he eventually submits to his wife's plea for mercy. The Franklin 's Tale that follows tells of the marriage between the knight Arviragus and his wife, Dorigen.
Chaucer begins a story about Sir Topas but is soon interrupted by essay on discrimination against race the Host, who exclaims that he is tired of the jingling rhymes and wants Chaucer to tell a little something in prose. He sends her away from his home. The Sailor, the Reeve, and the Miller tell racy bar-room stories, and the Wife of Bath speaks of her many husbands, and many years of marital experience, in a way that puts quite a different interpretation on religious and moral beliefs of her day. Lady Donegild contrives to have Constance banished by intercepting the letters between Alla and Constance and replacing them with false ones. The pilgrims then hear a story by the Prioress about a young martyr. Absolon, also falls in love with Alison. Finally, Walter tells Griselde that the pope demands that he divorce her. They fight over Emelye, but their fight is stopped when Theseus finds them. Chaucer complies with the boring story of Melibee.