The Canterbury Tales The Man of Law's Prologue
The Lawyer begins to talk about poverty and evil and the effects of it on society. He questions peoples' morals and reverence to Christ, when people are greedy and do not help others in need. He, as a lawyer, begins to place judgment on people in his prologue. He cynically states that society seems to only care about money; and that society shuns poverty. "Bet is to dyen than have indigence. / Thy selve neighebor wol thee despise, / If thou be povre, farwel thy reverence!" Man of Law's Prologue, l.16-18. He explains to the group that he will tell them a tale that a merchant taught him years ago.