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The Squires tale ends two lines into its third section and following this abrupt termination is the wordes of the Frankeleyn to the Squier The Franklin praises the young Squires attempt at a courtly romance and says that he wishes his own son was more like the Squire This is followed by the wordes of the Hoost to the Frankeleyn Many critics believe that the words of the Franklin to the Squire are intended as an interruption of the tale that threatens to go on far too long However I believe the words of the Franklin to the Squire were not meant to be an interruption at all There are four main reasons why I believe the passage was not meant to be an interruption one the Franklins admiration of gentillesse would have made him reluctant to interrupt the Squire two the passage ends two lines into the third section when the logical place for an interruption would be at the end of the second section Clark 160-161 three the passage is similar to that of the Host to Chaucer after his Tale of Melibee- which was an end comment not an interruption and four the structure and tone of the passage does not seem to be that of an interruption In praising the Squire the Franklin mentions how he is impressed with his gentilly 674 or gentillesse 694 If we are to believe what the Franklin is saying that he admires his gentillesse and that he wishes his son myghte lerne gentillesse aright 694 we should also assume the Franklin would try and also show gentillesse In fact from the General Prologue we know that the Franklin was a member of Parliament and a feudal landholder Clark 161 Both were positions in higher society in which he would be familiar with gentility and also be expected to follow it However interrupting someone in the middle of his speech would be
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