| Quote #7
Thow seyst we wyves wol oure vyces hyde
The idea that women are out to entrap men into marriage, after which they feel free to be their true, heinous selves, adds the vices of manipulative-ness and deceptiveness to the ones the women are supposedly hiding before their wedding day.
| Quote #8
We love no man that taketh kepe or charge
Here is the Wife's first intimation that what women desire above all in their relationships is sovereignty – they long, in other words, to be their own masters. This claim later takes a more sinister turn when the Wife demonstrates that a woman desires sovereignty not only over herself, but also over her husband.
| Quote #9
Thou lykenest eek wommanes love to helle,
This reference to woman's love as consuming is difficult to interpret. It might be accusing women of excessive lust, which would be consistent with the metaphor of burning (i.e., burning lust). This also fits well with the Wife's own portrayal of herself as excessively lustful.