This is a story from the Canterbury Tales II: Modern Verse Translation collection.
Four more delightful tales from one of the most entertaining storytellers of all time. Though writing in the thirteenth century, Chaucer’s wit and observation comes down undiminished through the ages, especially in this accessible modern verse translation. The stories vary considerably from the uproarious Wife of Bath’s Tale, promoting the power of women to the sober account of patient Griselda in the Clerk’s Tale.
Geoffrey Chaucer’s bawdy classic, The Wife of Bath’s Tale, receives a performance equal to its notoriety as Frances Jeater delightfully inhabits the role of the engaging, lustful, and commanding storyteller in this modern English translation by Frank Ernest Hill. Having detailed her thoughts on relations between husbands and wives - based on her five (going on six) marriages - she entertains her fellow 14th-century Canterbury pilgrims with a story founded upon the eternal question of "what do women want" that ends in fairy tale-like love.
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I forgot how good this story is!
- M. Y. L.