came forward the Tapiser, who was, of course,
a maker of
and must not be confounded with a tapster, who draws and sells ale.
produced a beautiful piece of tapestry, worked
in a simple
pattern, as shown in the diagram.
"This piece of tapestry, sirs," quoth
he, "hath one hundred and sixty-nine small squares, and I do desire you
to tell me the manner of cutting the tapestry into three pieces that
shall fit together and make one whole piece in shape of a perfect
since there be divers ways of so doing,
I do wish to know
that way wherein two of the pieces shall together contain as much as
possible of the rich fabric."
It is clear that the Tapiser intended the
cuts to be made along the lines dividing the squares only, and, as the
material was not both sides alike, no piece may be reversed, but care
must be observed that the chequered pattern matches properly.