After the Man of Law had finished, the Host proclaims the tale a first class story and turns to the Priest for a tale, but the Priest is offended by the Host's swearing. The Host then refers to the Priest in a slightly satiric tone, calling him a "Johnny" and a "Lollard." The Skipper interrupts, saying that he has a tale to tell but that his tale won't be about philosophy. The content of this epilogue sounds as though the next tale will therefore be the Shipman's, but Chaucer abandoned this idea.The theme of The Man of Law's Tale is constancy, a term nearly interchangeable in medieval times with patience. Constance (Custance) is the spiritual antithesis of the Wife of Bath, whose tale usually follows this one. Constance exemplifies endurance in adversity and trust in God. She also teaches constancy to total commitments and submission to law. Even though, in the beginning, she weeps for
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