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From The Canterbury Tales:
The Clerk's Tale
lines 687-721: Despite the loss of her second child, Griselda's mood and splendour remain unchanged


       This markys wondred evere lenger the moore
Upon hir pacience, and if that he
Ne hadde soothly knowen therbifoore
690That parfitly hir children loved she,
He wolde have wend that of som subtiltee,
And of malice, or for crueel corage,
That she hadde suffred this with sad visage.
       This marquis wondered ever more and more
Upon her patience; and indeed if he
Had not known truly in her years before
690That she had loved her children perfectly,
He would have thought that out of subtlety
And malice, or from some urge more savage
She suffered this with calm face and courage.

       But wel he knew that next hymself, certayn,
695She loved hir children best in every wyse;
But now of wommen wolde I axen fayn,
If thise assayes myghte nat suffise,
What koude a sturdy housbonde moore devyse
To preeve hire wyfhod or hir stedefastnesse,
700And he continuynge evere in sturdinesse?
       But well he knew that, next himself, 'twas plain
695She loved her children best in every wise.
But now to ask of women I am fain,
Whether these trials should not the man suffice?
What could an obdurate husband more devise
To prove her wifehood and her faithfulness,
700And he continuing in his stubbornness?

       But ther been folk of swich condicioun
That whan they have a certein purpos take
They kan nat stynte of hir entencioun,
But right as they were bounden to that stake
705They wol nat of that firste purpos slake.
Right so this markys fulliche hath purposed
To tempte his wyf, as he was first disposed.
       But there are folk to such condition grown
That, when they do a certain purpose take,
They cannot quit the intent they thus own,
But just as they were bound unto a stake
705They will not from that first hard purpose shake.
Just so this marquis fully was purposed
To test his wife, as he was first disposed.

       He waiteth, if by word or contenance
That she to hym was changed of corage;
710But nevere koude he fynde variance,
She was ay oon in herte and in visage.
And ay the forther that she was in age,
The moore trewe, if that it were possible-
She was to hym in love, and moore penyble.
       He watched her, if by word or countenance
She show a change toward him, or in courage;
710But never could he find a variance.
She was always one in heart and in visage;
And always the farther that she went in age,
The more true, if such thing were possible,
She was in love, and painstaking, as well.

715        For which it semed thus, that of hem two
Ther nas but o wyl; for, as Walter leste,
The same lust was hir plesance also,
And, God be thanked, al fil for the beste.
She shewed wel, for no worldly unreste
720A wyf as of hirself no thing ne sholde
Wille in effect, but as hir housbonde wolde.
715        From which it seemed that, as between those two,
There was but one will, for, to Walter's quest,
The same thing was her sole desire also,
And- God be thanked!- all fell out for the best.
She showed well that, in all this world's unrest,
720A wife, of her volition, nothing should
Will to be done, except the way her husband would.





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