The Canterbury Tales: The Wife of Bath's Tale
The Canterbury Tales: The Wife of Bath's Tale Lines 1079-1109 Summary
- Some people might claim it's negligence on my part that I don't tell you about the joy and details of the wedding feast.
- To that, I answer that there was no joy at that feast, but heaviness and sorrow.
- The knight marries the hag privately the next day, and afterward hides from everyone because he is so ashamed about how ugly his wife is.
- The knight is greatly saddened when he gets into bed with his wife. He tosses and turns.
- His wife lays there smiling. She asks her husband if every husband treats his wife this way.
- The wife asks if it is customary in King Arthur's household for a husband to be so standoffish towards his wife.
- She reminds the knight that she is his love and wife, and the one who saved his life.
- She says that she has never done wrong by the knight. Why, then, is he treating her this way on their wedding night?
- The hag says her husband is acting like a crazy man. What is her guilt? She demands that her husband tell her what she has done wrong, promising to correct it if she is able.
- The knight replies that the hag will never be able to fix the problem, which is that his wife is so ugly, old, and low-born that it's no surprise he tosses and turns.
- He wishes God would break his heart within his breast.