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The Canterbury Tales: The Wife of Bath's Prologue Lines 343-353

By Geoffrey Chaucer

Lines 343-353

  • You also say that if we wives dress up in nice clothes, it jeopardizes our chastity.
  • You back this up by repeating St. Paul's words about how women should dress themselves in habits of chastity and shame, and not in fancy hairstyles, jewelry, and rich clothes.
  • I refuse to behave according to your rules and St. Paul's text!