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The Franklin attempts to adopt the form of the traditional Breton Lay telling a story of romance concerned with human relationships and social order To some extent he succeeds but in some aspects the Franklin who I am sure has best interests at heart fails miserably The Franklin in his prologue tells the rest of the company that he lerned nevere rethorik He does not know how to use figures of speech and that the company must forgive him for his simple bare and plain tale This is all very well but immediately he slips into rhetoric when describing Arveragus of Kayrrud telling his company of his chivalric exploits and hard won affections of his lady The Franklin firstly describes lady Dorigen as the faireste under sonne and in the next line undermines her beauty by saying eek therto comen of so heigh kynrede The Franklin knows what high rhetoric is Even if he didnt know before he certainly knows after listening to the Knights Tale By telling us that lady Dorigen is more importantly a woman of noble birth with some wealth to her name than a beautiful heavenly creature the Franklin makes us doubt whether Arveragus actually wants her for her beauty or for her wealth The whole tale is certainly a glimpse of how life and love would work out perfectly well if everyone is truthful kept to their word and honored their fellows But here in the first paragraph of the tale we are led immediately to doubt whether everything is as peachy as it seems We need look no further than a few more lines to find exactly the same thing happening from Dorigens perspective The Franklin tells us that the lady submitted to him for his worthiness but namely for his meke obeysaunce Clearly Arveragus was not of such noble birth that it was the main cause but she submitted to him because she pitied him and she
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