Study Guide

The Canterbury Tales: The Wife of Bath's Tale Lines 905-918

By Geoffrey Chaucer

Lines 905-918

  • The queen thanks the king, then speaks to the knight upon her first opportunity.
  • She says to him, you cannot be certain that you will keep your life. I will grant you your life if you can tell me what women most desire. If you cannot tell me what women most desire right now, I grant you permission to go away for a year to search for an answer.
  • The queen says that his friends must vouch for him, that he'll return after a year.