"Mercy on us, goodwife
" exclaimed a man in the crowd, "is there no virtue in woman, save what springs from a wholesome fear of the gallows?
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.
Chapter 1 unearths the action-adventure heroine as she appears in Indian captivity narratives, whether factual (the Puritan goodwife
Hannah Dustan), fictional (the unnamed protagonist of the Panther captivity), or somewhere in between (the "fierce woman of Crab Orchard"  in early histories of Daniel Boone).
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.
Analyzing the indictments and verdicts of Mary "Goodwife
" Mendame and Anne Linceford, Berson challenges the long-standing belief that Mendame is the intended source for Hester Prynne.
Two additional facts, however, distinguish her from a typical goodwife
. The first is that her marriage ended in divorce, and the second is that she is the paternal grandmother of the great Puritan theologian Jonathan Edwards.
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.