Wife of Bath Scenes 5-11

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  • "I am as good as dead if I can't say, what thing it is that women most desire?"(Line 181).
  • "We old, old women know a thing or two". (Line 180)
  • "A woman wants self-same sovereignty over her husband as over her lover and master him" (214-16)
  • "'Twas I who taught this answer to the knight for which he swore, and pledged his honor to it" (226-27).
  • "Before this court I ask you then, sir knight, to keep your word and take me for your wife" (230-31)
  • " I never did you wrong, then why, this first of nights, so sad a song? You're carrying on as if you were half-witted" (270)
  • "You're old, and so abominably plain, so poor to start with, so low-bred to follow" (276-77)
  • "You have two choices; to have me old and ugly till I die. But still be loyal, true, and humble. Or would you rather I were young and pretty and chances your arm what happens in a city" (395-400)
  • "My lady and my love, my dearest wife, I leave the matter to your wise decision" (406-07)
  • "Kiss me! No quarrels! On my oath and word of honor you shall find me both, that is both fair and faithful as a wife" (415-17)
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