The Canterbury Tales: The Wife of Bath's Tale Lines 919-957 Summary
The knight is very sad, and sighs sorrowfully.
Finally, he decides to travel in search of the answer to the queen's question, and return after a year to give it.
He says goodbye and begins his journey.
He looks in every house in every land, hoping to find out what thing women love the most.
He is not able to find two people anywhere who agree on what the right answer is.
Some people say that women love wealth best, others honor, others beauty.
Some others say that women love nice clothes, sex, or to often be widowed and remarried.
Still others say that women love to be flattered and pleased, and I admit that this is not far from the truth; a man easily wins a woman with flattery and diligent attendance upon her. In this manner women can be caught.
Others say that women love to be free and do just as we please, and not to be reprimanded of our flaws, but instead told that we are wise.
Truly, there is no woman who tolerates being scolded without lashing out, even if the person is telling the truth. Just try it!
For no matter how bad we are on the inside, we want to be considered wise and free from sin.
Some people say that we take great delight in being considered constant and well able to keep secrets, not likely to betray a confidence.
That, however, is ridiculous; we women cannot keep secrets. Haven't you heard the tale of Midas?