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The Host declares the Man of Law's Tale worthwhile.
He asks the Parish Priest (a.k.a. Parson) to tell a tale, but concludes his request by swearing on God's dignity.
The Parson takes offense at the Host's sinful swearing, and asks what ails the Host.
The Host calls the Parson "Jankin" (an insulting name for a priest) and accuses him of being a Lollard (someone associated with extreme rigidity in religious practices). The Host tells the rest of the company that a Lollard's going to preach to them.
The Shipman objects. He does not want the Parson to preach and make difficulty for people who already believe in God.
The Shipman says he will tell a tale that is not about philosophy or anything boring.