Hrotrud: At the beginning of the story, Hrotrud acts as a midwife to the canon's wife. Her journey through the snow, nearly freezing to death, and her treatment by the canon illustrate male attitudes toward women in the middle ages. Hrotrud lives on the margins, barely eating, depending on her skills as a midwife for a meal, and at the end, when she is too old to work, she is accused as a witch and dropped into the lake. She didn't float, so she was innocent of witchcraft. However, she was still dead.
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