This is what I'm paying for--
Good medieval literature.
I open Canterbury Tales
Without knowing what the book entails.
First, I meet the Wife of Bath,
Who worries about society's wrath
For husbands five she has endured
But she justifies herself with God's Word.
"A noble Wife!" I think for now,
"And with intelligence well-endowed."
But then the Wife begins to say
Of how she always got her way--
Of how she tricked the first three men
Into giving her riches time and again.
With constant nagging they were vexed,
And she rather explicitly mentions sex.
"My husbands," she said, "they told me
That I had a very nice v--"
Nope. I didn't ask. Don't want to see.
Someone, go punch Chaucer for me.
M. J. Piazza is a Jesus-loving, dog-walking country girl who just so happens to write books.