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In the varied group of pilgrims assembled by Chaucer the Wife of Bath most simply represents a woman of the time Unlike the Prioress and her nun companion who are the only other women on the pilgrimage and who represent other things her sole purpose is to just be a woman Chaucer says of her Of cloth-making hadde swich an haunt She passed hem of Ypres and of Gaunt In al the parissh wif ne was ther noon That to the offring bifore heir sholde goonChaucer pp 310 This passage described her as being a good cloth making-woman who gives an abundance of gifts to the church She does not represent women as the typical weak gender but she is a medieval woman at her most eloquent and her most basic Jones pp 1 The Wife of Bath is essentially a conformist and though her behavior at times may seem out of hand her needs are really quite normal Put simply she likes men and does not like sleeping alone She tries hard to fulfill these needs but as far as Chaucer tells she had remained faithful to each of her five former husbands when they were alive She flirts and is familiar with men but she nowhere does she actually advocate sex outside marriage Her prologue starts by boasting of her experience of men Experience though noon auctoritee Were in this world is right ynogh for me To speke of wo that is in mariage Chaucer ll 1 Chaucer begins his description of the wife by telling us she is somewhat deaf By being deaf she can not hear what other say about her He says this deafness is a pity and this sympathy from Chaucer may be because if she could hear what others might say about her then she might change her ways He goes on and tells that she is an excellent seamstress
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