The Canterbury Tales: The Wife of Bath's Prologue
by Geoffrey Chaucer
The Canterbury Tales: The Wife of Bath's Prologue Lines 385-400 Summary
- (The Wife's imaginary rant at her husband ends here.)
- Lords, this is how I got the upper hand in my relationship with my husbands, telling them that they said all these things when they were drunk.
- It was all a lie, but I swore on my servant and my niece it was true.
- I caused them much pain, though they were innocent!
- Like a horse, I bit and whined.
- I knew how to complain, though I was the guilty party. Had I not, I would have been in big trouble.
- Whoever comes first to the mill is the first to have their meal ground; therefore, I made sure to complain first.
- My husbands were glad just to excuse themselves of things they were not guilty of.
- I would accuse them of having mistresses when they were so sick they could barely stand.
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