We have changed our privacy policy. In addition, we use cookies on our website for various purposes. By continuing on our website, you consent to our use of cookies. You can learn about our practices by reading our privacy policy.
© 2016 Shmoop University, Inc. All rights reserved.
The Canterbury Tales: The Wife of Bath's Prologue

The Canterbury Tales: The Wife of Bath's Prologue

  

by Geoffrey Chaucer

The Canterbury Tales: The Wife of Bath's Prologue Lines 487-508 Summary

  • I was really mad that my husband enjoyed having sex with anyone else. But I got back at him for that; I made him a cross of the same wood.
  • I didn't get back at him by actually cheating on him. Instead, I behaved so familiarly with people that I gave him a taste of his own medicine.
  • I was his purgatory on earth, enveloping him in anger and jealousy. For which reason, I hope his soul's gone to glory.
  • He complained often about how I tormented him. No one but he, me, and God know how much I made him suffer.
  • He died when I came back from Jerusalem.
  • He's buried under the cross, but his tomb is not fancy; it would have been a waste of good money to bury him expensively.
  • May he fare well, and may God rest his soul. He's now in his coffin in the grave.

People who Shmooped this also Shmooped...