The Tale of The Wife of Bath by Leila Rquibi

The Tale of The Wife of Bath by Leila Rquibi

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  • I have spared you from the death sentenced by the king. You have one year to find out what it is which women want most. If you do not have the right answer at the end of the year, you will be put to death.
  • In the time of King Arthur, a lecherous and lusty bachelor of a knight was banished for taking a young maiden's maidenhood by force and against her will.
  • He traveled in search of the answer, but none of the women he spoke to could agree on what women loved most.
  • Freedom!
  • Women love riches!
  • Honor!
  • Rich apparel!
  • Amusement!
  • To be thought reliable!
  • Flattery!
  • I will tell you the answer on one condition: If I am right, you must marry me.
  • After the year had passed, the knight returned to the castle without an answer, fearing he would be sentenced to death. As he approached the castle though, he met an old, ugly woman who claimed to know the answer.
  • Find who is always most virtuous and tries hardest to be noble, and he is the true nobleman. Your birth alone does not make you truly noble. My poverty is honorable, and I should be revered for my age. If I'm ugly and old, you don't have to be worried about me cheating on you.
  • The thing women love most is to have dominion over their husbands and their lovers.
  • Fine, I will marry you, but it is a disgrace to my birth to marry someone so old and ugly.
  • And we will be married!
  • You are right, and your life will be spared.
  • Since you have given me what every woman wants, mastery over you, I will give you what you want: I will become beautiful as well as being a good and faithful and fair wife. When you wake up, I will be beautiful.
  • Since you are so unhappy having an old, ugly wife, I'll give you a choice: I can become beautiful and you can fear my being unfaithful, or I can stay old and ugly and be a faithful and humble wife to you.
  • I put myself under your wise control; choose whcih may be most pleasurable to you and me. I don't care whcih you choose; whichever pleases you suffices for me.
  • And they lived happily ever after; and God send us meek, young, lively, obedient husbands and shorten the lives of those who won't be governed by their wives.
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