The Canterbury Tales


The Tale of Melibee

The Narrator then tells the tale of Melibee. Melibee and his wife, Dame Prudence, leave town and, while they are gone, three burglars break into their home and seriously injure his daughter, Sophia. Melibee decides to avenge his daughter, but his wife convinces him that he should seek the advice of several people, and that he should eventually listen to her advice. When he seeks advice from the various people, they begin quoting authorities. When the burglars are found, they are brought before Melibee and Dame Prudence. Melibee wants to fine them, but Dame Prudence refuses to let him fine them, and he lets them off with only a verbal punishment.

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