Wife of Bath Scenes 7-11 by Grace and Julia
Grace and Julia
The old hag asks that the knight grant her wish and marry her in the palace court. He pleads to not marry her, begging that she ask for another request of him. In the end, he is forced to marry her.
After having gotten married, the old hag asks why her husband is so sad. She remarks that he should be joyful, he is married to the woman that saved his life. He responds that he is so upset because he has been forced to marry a woman so boring, old, poor, and ugly.
You're old, and so abdominaly plain, So poor to start with, so low-bred to follow
The old hag gives her husband two choices in attempts to make him happy about their marriage: he can either choose her to remain old and ugly, yet loyal, or he can choose her to change into being beautiful and young, yet unfaithful.
You have two choices; which one will you try? ... To have me old and ugly... but still loyal... would you rather I were young and pretty... friends will visit you because of me
Considering both options, the knight chooses to put the decision in the hands of his wife. In this moment, he demonstrates that he has learned women's desire to have power in their romantic relationships.
You make the choice yourself... In honor to us both, I don't care which; Whatever pleases you suffices me
Realizing her husband's acknowledgement of her necessity as a woman to have sovereignty over decisions, she takes on the best characteristics of both options: beauty, youth and loyalty. They eventually live a long and happy life together.
So they lived ever after to the end in perfect bliss
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