Scolding Wife (V), The

DESCRIPTION: A weaver offers his loving but scolding wife to a captain. He tricks her onto the ship. The captain pays him fifty pounds. He bids her farewell on her trip to Virginia although she begs to be taken back "and I never will offend you"
AUTHOR: unknown
EARLIEST DATE: 1906 (GreigDuncan7)
KEYWORDS: shrewishness abandonment wife sailor
FOUND IN: Britain(Scotland(Aber))
REFERENCES (2 citations):
Greig #77, p. 1, "The Scolding Wife"; Greig #84, p. 3, "The Scolding Wife"; Greig #73, p. 3, ("The honest man, the honest man"); Greig #72, p. 2, "The Scolding Wife" (1 text plus 3 fragments)
GreigDuncan7 1284, "The Scolding Wife" (8 texts, 4 tunes)

Roud #2576
cf. "Sale of a Wife" (theme)
cf. "In Praise of John Magee" (theme: sale of a wife)
cf. "Danny Sim's Sow" (theme: sale of a wife)
cf. "The Dowie Dens of Yarrow" (tune, per GreigDuncan7)
cf. "The Jolly Farmer's Son" (tune, per GreigDuncan7)
The Wiver an' His Wife
NOTES [43 words]: GreigDuncan 1284A ends with some unspecified man, perhaps the captain, wedding her "and noo they live together Wi' neither sturt nor strife." This happy ending recalls "Sale of a Wife." - BS
For background on wife-selling, see the notes to "Sale of a Wife." - RBW
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File: GrD71284

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