A canon who practices alchemy borrows a mark from a priest. In three days time, the canon returns the mark and offers to reveal a couple of his discoveries. He sends for some quick silver and, by tricks, makes the priest believe that he turned the quick silver into real silver. Unaware of the trick, the priest is very pleased. Three times the canon tricks the priest, each time "turning" a less valuable object (quick silver, chalk, and then a twig) into silver. The beguiled priest buys the secret from the canon for 40 pounds, and the canon promptly disappears. The Yeoman ends his tale with a broadside attack on the subject of alchemy and a conglomeration of all the ridiculous terms used by alchemists.Just as The Second Nun's Tale closes, two strangers, a church canon and his servant (or yeoman), gallop up to the pilgrimage and join it. Before long the Yeoman reveals — half by accident — that the
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