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The Canterbury Tales: The Wife of Bath's Tale

The Canterbury Tales: The Wife of Bath's Tale


by Geoffrey Chaucer

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Q. Why does the knight follow through with her request?

Because he feels that it is his duty
Because he is in love
Because the queen has insisted that he do so
Because there are no swords stuck in rocks that week, so things are slow
Q. What happens on the knight’s wedding night?

He kills the hag
He refuses to consummate the marriage
He gets stuck in the narrow end of the heart-shaped Jacuzzi
He flees
Q. What does the hag tell the knight she will be if she remains old and ugly?

A good and faithful wife
A bad and unfaithful wife
Assured of not being let into Pulse, the hot new club downtown
Q. How does the knight decide what to choose?

He flips a coin and calls, "Tayles"
He asks his reflection
He doesn’t choose - he leaves the decision up to his wife
He asks for the queen’s advice
He prays for guidance
Q. What happens to the knight and the hag?

They live happily ever after
The hag murders the knight in his sleep
The knight beheads the hag
They are in and out of couples’ counseling for the next twenty years, at one point going on Dr. Phil and having it out. It gets pretty ugly.