The number that the Sompnour confided to the Wife
of Bath was twenty-nine,
and she was told to begin her count at the Doctor of Physic, who is in
the illustration standing the second on her right.
of twenty-nine falls on the Shipman, who steps out of the
count falls on the Doctor, who next steps out.
The remaining three
fall respectively on the Cook, the Sompnour, and the Miller.
would, therefore, have been left in possession had it not been for the
unfortunate error of the good Wife.
Any multiple of 2,520 added to 29
would also have served the same purpose, beginning the count at the