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The reformation or rehabilitation of a man can change from bad to good as in The Wife of Bath Through out the story the knight changes from bad when he first meets his wife until he changes into good when he lets her choice what she wants to be As the story begins the knight rapes a young lady and in doing so is sentenced to die or life in jail But in order to let him live the Queen tells him that he has one year to find what women desire the most and if he finds out he can have his life back In trying to accomplish this task many women tell him many different things that they want most When he comes to an old lady she promises to tell him what women want most as long as he does her a favor if it is in his power The answer that she gives him is that women desire domination over their husbands When the knight visits the Queen his answer is correct and the old lady asks for them to get married The knight is in shock and does not believe what has just happened In reply he sadly says Alas and woe is me I know quite well that such was my promise For the love of God ask for something else take all my property and let my body go No my damnations Alas that any of my birth should ever be so foully disgraced But it was all for nothing the end was this that he was forced to accept the fact that he must needs wed her and he took his old wife and went to bed Page 231 By the lady asking him to marry her he gets extremely upset and doesnt want to fulfill her wish His reasons are that she was old ugly and poor The knight is the total opposite because none
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