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Men fall in love with their eyes and women fall in love with their ears This quote can summarize all of the Canterbury Tales if one was to replace the word love with lust Love is not defined by the emotional sense of the word but in the sexual desire of two people In all of the stories not one person can be defined as in love in the modern sense because there is no spiritual connection The Millers Tale is a perfect example of this loveless love There is a girl of eighteen and she is married to a man and loved by two other men who only love her for her beauty She is first introduced with the lines She was a fair young wife her body as slender As any weasels and as soft and tender and the description of her body and clothes continues for about a page Chaucer page 106 However her personality housekeeping loyalty generosity nothing of this manner is mentioned only her tender loins Well like in the other stories the girl ends up cheating on her husband with a man who sings her a sweet line This theme continues in the other tales in The Merchants Tale the same idea happens May a young wife cheats on her old husband January with his squire who gives her a sweet message in a silk bag Now a reader may say that male characters tell both of these tales in response to this The Wife of Baths Tale should be reflected on next In this story a knight rapes a woman and is redeemed by the Queen because he answers her question in a way that pleases her In the end the knight has to marry a woman who is horrendously ugly because she told him how to answer the Queens question Yet eventually the ugly woman becomes beautiful because the knight doesnt want to make love to
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