A summoner tells a tale about a friar. The friar has permission from the church to beg for money.
The friar goes door to door to ask money for the church.
He ends up at a house where he has visited and was always treated well and given money. Thomas the owner and his wife explain how their son died from sickness and the friar explains he had died because Thomas did not give enough to the church.
Thomas is ill as well and the friar explains he is ill because he hasn't given enough money, the friar still asks for money.
The friar leaves Thomas's house furious after Thomas tells the friar to reach the bottom of his chair. Thomas farts in the friars hand angry at the friars hypocrisy, and tells the friar to split the fart between 12 friars.
The friar is not sure how to split the fart in 12 ways until a squire of a nobleman suggests he use a cartwheel and spread the fart in 12 directions.