Study Guide

The Canterbury Tales: The Wife of Bath's Prologue Lines 475-486

By Geoffrey Chaucer

Lines 475-486

  • When I think about my youth and happiness, it really tickles me!
  • Even today, it makes me happy to think that I had such good times in my youth.
  • But alas, age, which poisons everything, has taken my beauty and spirit.
  • Let it go, and the devil go with it! The flour is gone, but I will do as much business with the bran as I possibly can!
  • Still, to be cheerful is my goal.
  • Now I will tell you about my fourth husband.