This farce is almost identical in premise to the Farce du Chaudronnier, in which a couple competes in a game of silence to be broken by a lecherous kettle-maker. The difference being that in La Farce des drois de la porte bodès, it is the woman who loses the bet, protesting that her husband did not speak up to save her from the advances of a judge. This farce takes it a step farther however, when the wife refuses to accept the conditions of the bet and the couple goes to court, only to be seen over by the same judge. The judge rules in the woman's favor with a wink and a nod to the husband, establishing the wife's dominion over the house. Like most farces of the period though, the humor comes from the fact that it would be laughable to give women so much power and free will.
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M.A. French Literature Florida State University