The Canterbury Tales: The Wife of Bath's Prologue
by Geoffrey Chaucer
The Canterbury Tales: The Wife of Bath's Prologue Lines 835-862 Summary
- The Friar laughs at the Wife's speech, and says that this is a long introduction to a tale.
- When the Summoner hears this, he says that a friar likes to meddle in places where he's not wanted, and that the Friar is preventing him and the rest of the pilgrims from enjoying the Wife's speech.
- Taking offense, the Friar promises to tell two or three offensive tales about friars before they get to Sidyngborne.
- The Summoner promises the same to the Friar.
- The Host cries for peace, and says the Friar and Summoner argue like two drunken men.
- The Host asks the Wife to continue.
- The Wife agrees, if she has the permission of the Friar.
- He grants it.
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