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Greek examples about women who prefer suicide rather than being dishonoured
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From The Canterbury Tales:
The Franklin's Tale
lines 749-761: Dorigen tells her husband Arviragus about her dilemma


       Thus pleyned Dorigene a day or tweye,
750Purposynge evere that she wolde deye.
But nathelees, upon the thridde nyght
Hoom cam Arveragus, this worthy knyght,
And asked hir why that she weep so soore.
And she gan wepen ever lenger the moore.
755"Allas!" quod she, "that evere I was born.
Thus have I seyd," quod she, "thus have I sworn" -
And toold hym al as ye han herd bifore,
It nedeth nat reherce it yow namoore.
This housbonde with glad chiere in freendly wyse
760Answerde and seyde, as I shal yow devyse,
"Is ther oght elles, Dorigen, but this?"
       Thus Dorigen went on a day or so,
750Purposing ever that to death she'd go.
But notwithstanding, upon the third night
Home came Arviragus, this worthy knight,
And asked her why it was she wept so sore.
And thereat she began to weep the more.
755"Alas!" cried she, "that ever I was born!
Thus have I said," quoth she, "thus have I sworn" -
And told him all, as you have heard before;
It needs not to re-tell it to you more.
This husband, with glad cheer, in friendly wise,
760Answered and said as I shall you apprise:
"Is there naught else, my Dorigen, than this?"




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