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1

Mechant:

“forked” beard
Calles wife a “Shrewe” that could outmatch Satan and that she is “the worste that may be” - only been married for 2 months
Goes on to praise marriage contradicting Theophrastus- state who can be so “buxom” as a wife?
God gift is a wife- a man that has “no wyf” is ruined

2

january:

Wants a wife to melt like “warm wex” - marriage is “hony-sweete”
Wants to marry in “haste” and someone of “tendre” “age”- less than twenty years old
Widows know too much he would never “live in reste”
“love is blind”
Marriage I extravagant finest food in all of “itaille”
When “tendre youthe hath wedded stouping age”
January “ravisshed” by her beauty he is in a “traunce” every time he “looked” at her face
“sang” and “cheere” after they had sex
He was sleeping but a “coughe” awoke him he “stripen” her “naked”
Marchant states he doesn’t dare ay whether it was “paradis or helle”
“Noble knight”
Ha a “keye” to the garden
No that he is blind “he had hond on hire always”
“now kis me”

3

may

January describes her “middel smal” and she has “wise governaunce” (elf control)
She didn’t think is love making was worth a “bene”
“freshe may” used 18X
After she has sinned she Is referred to as “strong”

4

Damian

He was “ravisshed” by her
“venus hurt him”
“to his bed he wente” “hastily”
Writes her a letter and puts it in silk purse above his “herte”

5

Placebo:

Placebo states that lords are inherently wise bc of their position
Justinus stats that he should think carefully b4 marrying a young wife and uses the example of his friend

6

The Host

At the end talks about his wife who is faithful but nags and calls her a “shrewe”- he regrets being tied to her