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Get Up and Bar the Door
A man and wife are preparing a dinner on a November night and both don’t want to close the door.
They are both stubborn; the woman says that she is busy with her chores and that if her husband really wants the door closed he can do it himself
This is a humorous ballad of a married couple
They both are so stubborn that neither of them wants to get up and do something the other has asked of them
Robbers come into their house at midnight and neither of them say a word
One robber grabs a knife and says that he will cut the husbands beard and kiss his wife.
The husband finally stands up and asks if they would do such a thing
The wife stands, takes three steps and says “Goodman, you’ve spoken the foremost word; Get up and bar the door.” (line 41, pg 197)
This poem shows that the woman is so busy with chores in the house and she stands up to her husband because he just sits there while she is preparing food for them and expects her to do one more thing when he can do it perfectly fine all his own.
Who do like better; the goodman or the goodwife?
Who is more foolish?
What serious point about the stubbornness does the poem make?
- household duties
An it should ... me
- "If it has to be barred by me, then it will not be barred in a hundred years."
- the man and his wife
- the strangers
- "What's the matter with puddingwater?"
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