The Physician's Tale

The Physician's Tale

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  • Virgina's mom
  • Virginia
  • Virginia you are so beautiful. I want you all to myself.
  • Judge Appius
  • Thank you Appius!
  • Claudius
  • Here Claudius is the money for helping me with my plan.
  • Virginius, you must return Virginia to Claudius at once!
  • Virginius
  • One day as Virginia goes into the temple with her mother, she is noticed by the region's judge, Appius, who immediately wants her all to himself.
  • I'm sorry my child, death is better than shame. At least you will die knowing that you have always been pure!
  • Knowing that Virginia is too wise and good to be seduced, he devises a plan. He pays a ''wicked churl'' named Claudius to appear in court claiming that Virginia is his own servant, and that a knight, Virginius, has stolen her. 
  • Claudius, Virginius, and Judge Appius are all in court and the judge only listens to Claudius and declares Virginius guilty of taking Claudius's slave girl and treating her like his daughter. Appius demands Virginius to bring Virginia to Claudius (with then secretely Claudius will give Virgina to Appius, as planned).
  • Leave now and never return!
  • Virginius tells his daughter Virginia that she must either choose  between death or shame, and in the end after she thinks about it, after she faints, she chooses death since for her death is better than dishonor and Virginius cuts her head off.
  • Virginius returns to Judge Appius with Virginla's head, Appius wants to hang Virginus, but then the people see Appius for the evil man that he is and trickery that he has done, so they send him to prison, where Appius kills himself. 
  • The people want to hang Claudius, but Virginius instead decides to exile Claudius. The moral of this story is how sinners will eventually be punished. The main theme of this tale is how greed is the root of all evil, which is very evident in this tale.
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