She was som-del deef, and that was scathe.
At the end of his parable about the sower, Christ says, “He that hath ears to hear, let him hear” (Mark 4:9). As we learn more about the “Good” wife’s values (humility is not one of them), we realize that she is spiritually as well as physically deaf. Chaucer’s naive narrator misses the point. “Scathe” means “a pity.”(http://faculty.winthrop.edu/kosterj/engl310h/wobgenprol.htm)
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