The Canterbury Tales: the Man of Law's Tale Lines 925-987
By Chaucer, Geoffrey
The Man of Law has some choice words about lust. The gist? it's bad.
He compares Custance defending herself against the thief's lust to David fighting Goliath (and to a bunch of other classic underdog stories. According to him, both succeeded in such unfair fights because of God's grace.
Custance's ship keeps going along, through Gibraltar, and sails the seas for many more days until Christ's mother decides to put an end to Custance's suffering.
We're gonna take a break from Custance for a while to check in with the Roman Emperor, because why not?
The Emperor has got some letters from Syria telling him that Christians there are getting slaughtered, and that his daughter has been dishonored by a false traitor—the Sultaness to be exact. Remember her?
Understandably peeved, the Emperor sends his senator and some other lords to get revenge on the Syrians.
After burning, killing, and making the Syrians suffer a good long while, they head back to Rome.
So that's done.
On his way back to Rome, the senator comes across Custance's drifting ship.
He has no clue who she is or how she ended up in such a pickle, so he brings her to Rome and hands her and her son over to his wife for care.
Custance has a pretty pleasant time living her life with the senator and his family. We mean, anything's better than a rudderless boat, right?
As it turns out, the senator's wife is actually her aunt—she just has no way of knowing this.