The fairy-hag gives him a dressing down, explaining that virtue is not dependent upon wealth, her age should earn his respect, and her ugliness will save him from becoming a cuckold. By the time she gives her husband the choice of old and ugly but faithful, or young and beautiful but suspect, he is listening and has decided that he will learn from her. Yet, this was the fourteenth century, a time when men were expected to chastise women regularly in order to keep them in line. Moreover, the story was taking place in the sixth century or thereabouts, an even worse time for women’s credibility. Men were thought to be actively upsetting the balance of what the church dictated if they gave power to their wives. No woman would have had that kind of sway over her husband.