| Quote #4
For winning wolde I al his lust endure,
The Wife says she takes no delight in "bacon," or aged meat, meaning old men. Yet she is willing to have sex with them for money and, in fact, her first four husbands were old men.
| Quote #5
But, Lord Christ! whan that it remembreth me Upon my yowthe, and on my jolitee,
The Wife claims that her memories of the frolicking and "jolitee" of her youth are an effective remedy ("bote") for the heart, which makes sense given her role as defender of life's pleasures. If even the memories of these pleasures can serve one well in old age, why not enjoy them in one's youth? On the other hand, the Wife's implication that her time for pleasures is over is not compatible with her stated intention to continue her lusty lifestyle into old age.
| Quote #6
But age, allas, that al wole envenyme,
The Wife compares herself to a flower, or to bread, by saying age has taken her "pith." "Pith" can refer to either the structured center of a flower's stem, without which the flower droops and wilts, or the soft inner part of a loaf of bread. The Wife draws upon both of these meanings in the metaphors that follow (see below).