In Lombardy in the town of Pavia, there lives an old knight called January. After his sixtieth birthday he decides to get married and to give up his wanton life. Against the counsel of his brother and his friends he marries a beautiful young girl called May. The problem arises with Damian, January's serving man, who is desperately in love with May. When January is stricken with blindness he always wants to have May around him. One day they go into their private garden and May orders Damian to climb up a pear tree. May offers to climb up the tree to pluck a fruit for her husband. When the two lovers are united up in the tree, January suddenly regains his sight. He is furious, but May explains to him that his newly recovered sight played a bad trick on him.

The Merchant's Tale