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Noah's Wife

[Noraida], according to legend, was unwilling to go into the ark, and the quarrel between the patriarch and his wife forms a very prominent feature of Noah's Flood, in the Chester and Townley Mysteries.

Hastow nought herd, quod Nicholas, also
The sorwe of Noë with his felaschippe
That he had or he gat his wyf to schipe?

Chaucer: Canterbury Tales, 3:534.

Source: Dictionary of Phrase and Fable, E. Cobham Brewer, 1894
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