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The Wife of Bath and the Prioress Canterbury Tales are the stories told by a group of thirty pilgrims on their journey to visit the shrine of Thomas Becket in Canterbury Written by Geoffrey Chaucer during the Middle Ages these tales are told in a light-hearted tone and each contain a moral The speakers of these tales are fascinating and diverse in their appearances mannerisms social statuses and life experiences They each represent a different aspect of medieval life None two are more diverse in their characteristics than the hearty Wife of Bath and the dainty Prioress The appearances of the Prioress and the Wife of Bath are as different as night and day The Prioresss features are described as being delicate and fragile thus befitting her personality However she is not a wisp of a woman As well as being dainty Chaucer describes her as being rather tall Her nose was elegant her eyes glass gray her forehead certainly was fair of spread almost a span across the brows I own she was indeed by no means undergrown 156-160She also donned a coral trinket on her arm upon which hung a brooch with the Latin phrase for Lover conquers all The Wifes appearances on the other hand are quite the opposite Despite her deafness she was a jovially plump woman with large hips and gapped tooth smile Her hose were of the finest scarlet red and gartered tight her shoes were soft and new Bold was her face handsome and red in hue 466-468 The headdresses of both the women are said to be well wimpled up 480 and gathered in a seemly way 155 The mannerisms and the personalities of the two women are contrasting as well The wife was loud outspoken and used to getting things her way In all the parish not a dame dare stir towards the altar steps in front of her and if indeed they did so
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