Answer :
The simple
Ploughman, who was so ridiculed for his
opinion,
was perfectly
correct: the Miller should receive seven pieces of money, and the
Weaver
only one.
As all three ate
equal shares of the bread, it
should be
evident that each ate 8/3 of a loaf.
Therefore, as the
Miller provided
15/3 and ate 8/3, he contributed 7/3 to the Manciple's meal; whereas
the
Weaver provided 9/3, ate 8/3, and contributed only 1/3.
Therefore,
since
they contributed to the Manciple in the proportion of 7 to 1, they must
divide the eight pieces of money in the same proportion.
