The old wives tale is a novel by arnold bennett first published in 1908 it deals with the lives of two very different sisters constance and sophia baines following their stories from their youth working in their mothers drapers shop into old age. The old wives tale is the story of their lives from girlhood to old age and it is a remarkable masterpiece the life experiences of the two are vastly different yet in essence they end up living the same life. The old wives tale is a play by george peele first printed in england in 1595 the play has been identified as the first english work to satirize the romantic dramas popular at the time although only the titles of most of these popular works have survived they seem to be unrelated composites of popular romantic and fairy tale motifs of the era. The old wives tale and the expression is a spin off from the misguided notion that you could recover from a dog bite by plucking a hair from the dog and holding it to the wound. The old wives tale arnold bennett on amazoncom free shipping on qualifying offers arnold bennett was a prolific british writer who penned dozens of works across all genres from adventurous fiction to propaganda and nonfiction he wrote plays like judith and historical novels like tales of the five towns
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