The Host pokes fun at the Cook, riding at the back of thecompany, blind drunk.
The Host began to crack jokes at the Cook who had fallenasleep and was swaying dangerously on his saddle. TheHost’s efforts to wake him up were unsuccessful. Suddenlythe Cook’s horse threw him off.
The pilgrims hadto stop and withgreat effort theymanaged to puthim back on hissaddle. The Hostthen requestedthe Manciple totell a story.
Phoebus had a wife who was dearer to him than his own life. Hedid his very best to keep her satisfied and treated her withrespect. But Phoebus was also extremely jealous and kept a strictvigilance over his wife to ensure that he would not be deceived.
Phoebus had a snow-white crow that couldimitate anybody’s speech and sing more sweetlythan a nightingale.
One day when Phoebus went out of town on business...
His wife sent for her lover and made passionate love with him.Phoebus’ wife had a secret lover.