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Written by Chaucer the Canterbury Tales has many tales in itself In this book pilgrims are to tell their story while on their journey Of all the tales the pilgrim who tells the most creative and inventive of course should be rewarded and is One of the many tales told is from a very rich man the Merchant He tells a very unique and original taleThe Merchant tells a tale of a prosperous knight from Lombardy who had not yet taken a wife Nevertheless when this knight January has turned sixty whether out of devotion or feebleness he finally decides to be married In his search for fresh faces he is now convinced that the married life was a paradise on earth Yet his brother Justinus is told that men should not wed and fears what will come of Januarys marriage To this the knight responds with Biblical stories that state a man without a wife is bent on ruin These stories summon the creation of Eve for Adam as proof that a wife is mans support as well as examples of humble and devoted wives January wishes to have a young wife no older than twenty He believes that a young wife would be more willing Justinus warns him that it takes great courage for such an aged man to take a young wife He also warns him of the misery that can come from taking a wife Despite the common opinion that Justinus has a wonderful wife he knows what faults she has They argue about marriage concerning January stating that it shall last no longer than 3 years January finally decides to take a young and pretty wife foolishly believing that nobody would object He speaks to Justinus and his friends about his choice praising his intended wife January however worries that a man who finds perfect happiness on earth as he would with his wife would never find a similar happiness
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