gentle Pardoner, "that straight was come from
the court of
begged to be excused; but the company would not spare him.
fellow-pilgrims," said he, "of a truth the riddle that I have made is
a poor thing, but it is the best that I have been able to
my lack of knowledge of such matters if it be not to your
his invention was very well received.
produced the accompanying
and said that it represented sixty-four towns through which he had to
pass during some of
his pilgrimages, and the lines connecting them were
explained that the puzzle was to start from the large black
town and visit all the other towns once, and once only, in fifteen
to trace the route in fifteen straight lines
with your pencil.
may end where you like, but note that the
of a little road at the bottom is intentional, as it seems that it was
impossible to go that way.