Study Guide

The Canterbury Tales: the Man of Law's Tale Lines 757-784

By Chaucer, Geoffrey

Lines 757-784

Lines 757-770

  • The king gets the false letter and is bummed beyond belief. But he keeps his feelings to himself, and opts to write a letter back.
  • In the letter he says he has decided to surrender to God's will.
  • He says that the child should stay alive until he gets home from Scotland, and feels confident that Christ will send him a more suitable heir (again, harsh) when he wants to.
  • The he seals the letter, sobs a bit to himself, and sends it back with the messenger.

Lines 771-777

  • The Man of Law waxes poetic about how terrible and wrong it is to drink.
  • Um, thanks for the tip?
  • Basically, he's calling out the messenger for betraying secrets and ruining all the family bliss.

Lines 778-784

  • The Man of Law complains about how awful Donegild is, and calls her all sorts of things, like, for example, a mannish woman.
  • He hopes she'll go to the devil and accuses her of being from hell.
  • We're gonna go out on a limb here and say that the Man of Law is decidedly not Team Donegild. How could he be, when he's clearly team Custance?