The Canterbury Tales: the Man of Law's Tale Lines 841-875
By Chaucer, Geoffrey
Custance does some more praying about her belief that Christ died for humanity's sins. And since the Virgin Mary saw Christ die, Custance rationalizes that Mary's pain must have been a whole heckuva lot worse than anything she or anybody else can suffer.
Still, she's hoping that the Virgin Mary will have mercy on her child—and on everyone else who might be in distress.
She pleads with the Constable to let her kid stay with him.
Custance gazes back at the land, and says, "Farewell merciless husband!" We'll say.
She stands up, and walks down the shoreline toward the ship, with the crowd following behind her, comforting her child.
Blessing herself, she hops on board the ship, which has a ton of provisions and necessities. Hey, so at least she won't go hungry for a while.