The Canterbury Tales: The Wife of Bath's Prologue
by Geoffrey Chaucer
The Canterbury Tales: The Wife of Bath's Prologue Lines 457-474 Summary
- (The Wife ends her imaginary address to her husband.)
- That's how I used to speak to my husbands. Now I'll tell you about my fourth husband.
- My fourth husband kept a mistress.
- Then, I was young and passionate. I was stubborn, strong, and cheerful.
- I could dance well to the songs of a harp, and sing like a nightingale, when I'd had a lot to drink.
- Metellius killed his wife for drinking, but if I'd been his wife he would not have persuaded me to stop drinking.
- After I drink, I want to have sex. For, just as cold brings hail, so a mouth fond of drink belongs to a body fond of sex.
- Women who have been drinking have no self-control, which lechers know from experience.
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