tale (n.)
talking, discourse
1H4 V.ii.90[Hotspur to all, of King Henry] I thank him that he cuts me from my tale
RJ II.iv.92[Mercutio to Benvolio] Thou desirest me to stop in my tale against the hair [with bawdy pun]
Ven.74[of Venus] to a pretty ear she tunes her tale
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