A Female, to a Drunkard marry'd


The Prevalence of Custom.

Primary Text:

No MS; 1713 Misc, 22-4.

Secondary Ed:

Rpt of 1713: 1903 Reynolds, 170-2; rpt of 1903 Reynolds: 1979 Rogers AF, 112-3.


La Fontaine, "L'Ivrogne et sa Femme," III 3, 27, 91-2


Lively switching of perspective. La Fontaine's basically anti-feminist fable about shrewish wife is turned into effective comeuppance of a befuddled drunkard husband by his far cleverer wife.
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