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The Canterbury Tales: The Wife of Bath's Prologue Lines 330-342

By Geoffrey Chaucer

Lines 330-342

  • Blessed be Ptolemy, the wise astrologer who said that the wisest man is the one who doesn't care who rules the world.
  • By this proverb, you should understand that you ought not to care how much sex other people are getting.
  • For certainly, you're going to get enough sex from me at night.
  • The man who won't allow another man to light his candle at his lantern is a cheapskate. His lantern won't be any dimmer for this charity.
  • Therefore, since you're getting enough sex, you shouldn't care if other men also have sex with me.