The Canterbury Tales: The Wife of Bath's Tale
by Geoffrey Chaucer
The Canterbury Tales: The Wife of Bath's Tale Lines 1242-1270 Summary
- The hag asks her husband if he is yielding 'maistrie' to her, since he's allowing her to choose and govern as she desires.
- The knight replies that yes, he believes that's best.
- The hag tells her husband to kiss her and be unhappy no longer.
- She promises to be 'both' to the husband, which is to say both fair, and a good true wife.
- She declares that she'll die crazy unless she is as good and true to her husband as any wife since the world began.
- And tomorrow, moreover, she says she will be as beautiful to look upon as any lady, empress, or queen anywhere in the world.
- She tells her husband to do with her life as he pleases, and to remove the curtain on their bed to look at her.
- When the knight sees that she is beautiful and young, he takes his wife in his arms and kisses her a thousand times.
- The knight's wife obeys him in everything.
- Thus the knight and his wife are happy until the end of their lives.
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