The Canterbury Tales: The Wife of Bath's Prologue Lines 291-308 Summary
You say that oxen, donkeys, horses, and hounds can all be tried out before they're purchased; also basins, bowls, spoons, stools, and other household items. Wives, on the other hand, can't be tried out until they're married, at which point they reveal their flaws.
You also say that I'm unhappy unless you constantly praise my beauty and gaze lovingly on my face, call me "fair dame" everywhere, plan a party for my birthday, give me nice clothes, and treat my nurse, maids, and father's family well. That's what you say, you old liar!