The Wife of Bath's Tale

The Wife of Bath's Tale
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  • The Knight dishonors a Lady
  • His Sentence
  • What do women want most?
  • Clearly I have no idea.
  • The Search for the One Answer
  • To be thought innocent & pure even when we're not!
  • Money!
  • Clothes!
  • Many Lovers
  • The story begins in a time where King Arthur sits on the throne. A Knight is walking through the woods when he comes upon a young, beautiful woman. He takes advantage of her.
  • The Old Woman
  • You must swear to do what I next ask of you.
  • He is sentenced to die at first. But, Queen Guinevere begs for mercy, so King Arthur allows her to sentence him. She says he has a year to answer this question: What do women want? 
  • A Sad Marriage
  • He made a promise!
  • The Knight goes in search of the answer. He asks women far and wide what they want most, but no one can seem to come to a consensus.
  • A Beautiful Woman All Along
  • His year up, he travels back to King Arthur's court in dismay. However, he sees a bunch of women dancing. When he comes closer, they vanish, and an old woman stands before him. She promises to answer his question: but, he has to do what she asks of him.
  •  The Old Woman's answer is correct! He's saved! But, her request is that the Knight MARRY her on the spot. So, with a lot of grumbling, he marries her.  They go to bed.
  • I immediately regret this decision.
  • When they get into bed, the Knight is so repulsed by his new, elderly wife. When she asks why, he says rudely that she's poor, ugly, and low-born. The Old wife takes each of those objections one by one, arguing that he's the disdainful one-- not her. She gives him a choice:to be young and unfaithful OR old and faithful. He sighs and gives HER the choice. She transforms into a beautiful young woman who vows to be faithful.
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