* Site-Outage Notice: Our engineering elves will be tweaking the Shmoop site from Monday, December 22 10:00 PM PST to Tuesday, December 23 5:00 AM PST. The site will be unavailable during this time.
© 2014 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

Sex Quotes

How we cite our quotes:

Quote #13

Of latter date, of wyves han he red
That somme han slayn hir housbondes in hir bed,
And lete hir lechour dighte hire al the night
Whyl that the corps lay in the floor up-right

The treachery of a wife having sex with another man in their marital bed is one familiar to us from "The Miller's Tale." The gruesome image of the husband's corpse bleeding to death on the floor is an addition made by the anti-marriage tracts from which Jankyn reads.

People who Shmooped this also Shmooped...

Noodle's College Search