The Merchant's Tale

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  • EXPOSITION
  • CONFLICT
  • RISING ACTION
  • There once lived a Knight named January in the town of Pavia in Lombardy. He suddenly overcame a strong desire to marry. He wished to marry a beautiful young maiden who could give him a son and heir. He then began his search for a wife.
  • CLIMAX
  • January then discussed his desire to marry to his friends. . This led to a great dispute between the Knight’s brothers named Placebo and Justinus. Justinus counseled against marriage since women are fickle.
  • FALLING ACTION
  • January looked at the young girls who lived nearby and finally decided to marry one named May. January made the preparations for the wedding and finally married May. There was a lavish wedding and he began to get impatient for his first night in bed with his new wife.
  • RESOLUTION
  • The Knight’s Squire named Damian instantly fell in love with May. When May visited Damian he secretly slipped a letter stating his love for her. After reading the letter May was overcome with pity and decided to fell the same love for Damain.
  • January’s happiness didn’t last long and he suddenly lost his eyesight.He grew extremely possessive of May and would not let her go anywhere. This upset May who could not see Damian. Finally May was able to get Damian into January’s personal garden and told him to hide in the pear tree.
  • May and Damian then made love on top of the pear tree. At this moment Pluto restored January’s eyesight and he saw his wife embraced by Damian.However May replied that she was only with Damian since she had been told that by doing so she could restore his sight. January believes May and fondly embraces her.
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