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The Wife of Bath rejects austerity and frugality
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From The Canterbury Tales:
The Wife of Bath's Prologue
lines 354-362: The Wife of Bath compared to a cat


       Thou seydest this, that I was lyk a cat;
355For whoso wolde senge a cattes skyn,
Thanne wolde the cat wel dwellen in his in.
And if the cattes skyn be slyk and gay,
She wol nat dwelle in house half a day,
But forth she wole, er any day be dawed,
360To shewe hir skyn, and goon a-caterwawed.
This is to seye, if I be gay, sire shrewe,
I wol renne out, my borel for to shewe.
       You said this, too, that I was like a cat;
355For if one care to singe a cat's furred skin,
Then would the cat remain the house within;
And if the cat's coat be all sleek and gay,
She will not keep in house a half a day,
But out she'll go, before dawn of any day,
360To show her skin and caterwaul and play.
This is to say, if I'm a little gay,
To show my rags I'll gad about all day.




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