From Geoffrey Chaucer's "The Canterbury Tales", The Shipman's Tale, Table of ContentsHi,
I've just finished reading The Shipman's tale, but I'm not sure I got the story right.
I think I've missed some of the thing that happen in the story.
Would you be so kind to tell me if something is missing from this résumé?
- The merchant's wife ask sir John, the monk, to lend her 100 francs
- to do so the monk ask them, lying, to the merchant
- the merchant gives the money to the monk and goes far away to do his job
- the monk and the merchant's wife sleep together
- when the merchant is back he asks his wife if the monk paid back.
- She says that the monk did so, but she spent all the money and that she will pay his husband back in nature.
I have this strange feeling that I'm missing something.
And I can't understand what the woman wanted the money for. She has a debt which is due for payment, she is always broke and claims that her husband is both bad about his husbandly duties and niggardly with his money so will not allow her any more than she already receives to run the household.
Please explain to me,
I'm not trying to have my homework done, I'm reading The Canterbury Tales just for sport.
Student or Learner