GRISELDA ?

In one of his Canterbury tales, Geoffrey Chaucer tells the story of patient Griselda, whose love and devotion were submitted by her husband to many and searching tests. Griselda's father was only a humble charcoal-burner, but the girl's beauty and sweet nature attracted the notice of Walter, Marquis of Saluzzo, whose wife she became. The trials to which he subjected her do no credit to his good sense, but they serve to illustrate woman's capacity for long-suffering. The Marquis took away Griselda's two children soon after they were born and let her believe them to have been murdered. After they had been married for twelve years, he bade her return to her father's home, saying that he wished to marry a lady of more suitable station. Even then Griselda made no complaint, and the husband, at last convinced of her love and fidelity, disclosed that her children were alive, and that the supposed second wife was no other than her own daughter. Thenceforward he honoured her as she deserved, and her trials were at an end.