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Chaucers The Physicians Tale was a moral tale because it deals with issues of right and wrong and it stands to teach a few lessons which everyone could interpret in their own way depending on whom the reader believes is responsible for the tragic death of the fair maiden Virginia Among the lessons one might learn is ye shall not covet thy neighbors daughter or assume themselves above the law because plotting to attain a young girl by force could get you thrown in jail and fill you with suicidal tendencies as it did Appius the crooked judge Also one should never assume to quickly that there are not more options than foreseeable in the immediate future as considering other situations besides shame or death might have also saved Virginias life Appius whom was widely known for being a less than honest judge had decided to take the young beautiful and virtuous Virginia for himself after seeing her in town one day in the company of her mother He knew her reputation of being a true maiden and role model for any other girl or woman around but he immediately was on a mission to have her His lust for the daughter of the noble knight Virginius had made Appius a danger to himself and all involved after falsely accussing Virginius of having stolen Virginia as a child from the master she was bound to as a slave The whole scheme stunk for miles around No one believed the accusation Perhaps the accusing Claudius had whispered the plan to a bird or maybe the judge had just really overstayed his welcome in town but his ruling days were certainly over as the people arose together and threw him in prison where he figured if someone was going to kill him it might as well be himThere would have been a positive ending to the tale had Virginius and Virginia not decided to do a
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