The old wives tale is a novel by arnold bennett first published in 1908it 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. An old wives tale is a supposed truth which is actually spurious or a superstition it can be said sometimes to be a type of urban legend said to be passed down by older women to a younger generation such tales are considered superstition folklore or unverified claims with exaggerated and or inaccurate details. 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 about the full moon causing people to act crazy recent examples on the web many doctors perceive the use of cod liver oil for joint pain as an old wives tale
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