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Geoffrey Chaucers The Merchants Tale from The Canterbury Tales presents a moral derived from the merchants personality The moral expresses the merchants opinion on marriage Many critics have read this tale and interpreted its meaning in their own way This modern interpretation of an old tale makes the merchants character still believable today The Merchants Tale starts out in the town of Lombardy in Pavia January a 60-year-old knight who has led a promiscuous life and has never been married decides that it is time he settles down with a wife and share in the joys of marriage January gathers his friends and tells them about his plan Most of them approve including his brother Placebo Januarys brother Justinius disapproves He says that she will ruin his life January ignores Justinius and sets his sites on a young 20 year-old girl named May Soon after they get married Januarys servant Damian has a secret crush on May and reveals it to her in a letter May too had a crush on Damian and lets him know with a response to his letter January had a garden that had only one key only he and May could get into it until May gave the key to Damian and had him make a copy of the key The plan was for him to sneak into the garden before January and May got there hide in a tree and wait for them January would not know Damian was there because he had lost his sight One day January and May went into the garden and Damian was already there waiting May asked January to boost her into the tree Damian was hiding in so that she could get some fruit As soon as she gets boosted up there her and Damian began fooling around Seeing this Pluto granted January his sight back so he could catch the two of them in the act When January
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