He's expected at night, and the pasty's made hot, They broach the brown ale, and they fill the black pot, And the goodwife
would wish the goodman in the mire, Ere he lack'd a soft pillow, the Barefooted Friar.
Then all began to stare and wonder and crowd around, laughing, for never was such selling heard of in all Nottingham Town; but when they came to buy they found it as he had said, for he gave goodwife
or dame as much meat for one penny as they could buy elsewhere for three, and when a widow or a poor woman came to him, he gave her flesh for nothing; but when a merry lass came and gave him a kiss, he charged not one penny for his meat; and many such came to his stall, for his eyes were as blue as the skies of June, and he laughed merrily, giving to each full measure.
Clearly there were witch hunts, with all the nauseating details which have inspired writers ever since, but for many Elizabethans a visit to the goodwife
in the village and the employment of one of her potions to cure a sick cow or a malingering illness, was what one did and if you were sensible about it no one asked questions.
Two additional facts, however, distinguish her from a typical goodwife
Biscuit Barrel, PS15, Goodwife
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We really now can have a Mr Goodwife
and change some sayings.
What kept me immobile was the worrying phrase that repeated itself over and over in my head: 'Drinking in the last-chance saloon' which alternated with the Proverbial encouragement, 'Find a wife, find a good thing' (which an exegete no less than Edgar Allan Poe thought originally was 'Find a goodwife
, find a good thing').
They closed their eyes as the goodwife
14) Six manuscripts preserve two versions of What the Goodwife
Taught Her Daughter, (15) a typical example of this gender-oriented advice that revolved around the lifestyle and expectations of a medieval urban wife.
Tom Canty's adjustment to his state dinner (Chapter 16) is juxtaposed with the Prince's serving the family of the goodwife
who came to his assistance (Chapter 19).
So, to show her unhappiness, Goodwife
Ingerson wrung a few necks.
The grave conversation, however, waxes suddenly comical at the dialogue's end, when Goodwife