The Wife of Bath's Tale


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  • Once upon a time, there was a selfish knight who raped an innocent maiden.
  • As punishment, his life was given to the queen, who tasked him to find the answer to the question "What do women want most?" to save his life.
  • After days of asking women and getting no real answer, the knight comes upon an old woman who promises to tell him the answer to his question if he does one thing she asks. The knight agrees, and the woman tells him that what women want most is power in their relationships with men.
  • When he announces his answer to the queen, the old woman reveals her request: she wants the knight to marry her
  • On their wedding night, the knight insults his wife, causing her to lecture him about respecting her 
  • The old woman tells the knight that he must make a decision: have a beautiful and disloyal wife, or an ugly loyal wife. Giving her the power to choose, the old lady reveals herself to be a beautiful and loyal young woman.
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