frolicsome Wife of Bath, when called upon to
protested that she had no aptitude for such things, but that her fourth
husband had had a liking for them, and she remembered
one of his riddles
that might be new to her fellow pilgrims:
is a bung that hath been
made fast in a barrel like unto another bung that is just falling out
the company promptly answered this easy
went on to say that when she was one day seated sewing in her private
chamber her son entered.
receiving," saith she, "the parental
command, 'Depart, my son, and do not disturb me!' he did reply, '
a truth, thy son; but thou art not my mother, and until thou hast shown
me how this may be I shall not go forth.'"
perplexed the company a
good deal, but it is not like to give the reader much difficulty.