The Canterbury Tales

What agreement does the knight make with the old woman?

Wife of bath

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The knight must agree to do whatever the old woman asks of him.

"Put your hand in mine and pledge your word," said she,

"That you will do the first thing I require

Of you, so be that it lies in your power,

And I shall tell it to you before night."

In the end, the only thing the old woman requires is that he marry her.


The Canterbury Tales