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The wife needs hundred franks and asks the monk to lend it to her
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From The Canterbury Tales:
The Shipman's Tale
lines 195-207: Dan John promises to bring her money secretly


195        This gentil monk answerde in this manere:
"Now trewely, myn owene lady deer,
I have," quod he, "on yow so greet a routhe
That I yow swere, and plighte yow my trouthe,
That whan youre housbonde is to Flaundres fare,
200I wol delyvere yow out of this care;
For I wol brynge yow an hundred frankes."
And with that word he caughte hire by the flankes,
And hire embraceth harde, and kiste hire ofte.
"Gooth now youre wey," quod he, "al stille and softe,
205And lat us dyne as soone as that ye may;
For by my chilyndre it is prime of day.
Gooth now, and beeth as trewe as I shal be."
195        This gentle monk replied as you shall hear.
"Now truthfully, my own sweet lady dear,
I have," said he, "on you so great a ruth
That I do swear and promise you, in truth,
That when your husband goes to Flanders there,
200I will deliver you from all this care;
For I will bring to you a hundred francs.
And with that word he caught her by the flanks
And hugged her to him hard and kissed her oft.
"Go now your way," he said, "all still and soft,
205And let us dine as soon as ever we may,
For by my dial it's the prime of day.
Go now, and be as true as I shall be."




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