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The Wife of Bath's Tale: key quotations

"Hir hosen weren of fyn scarlet reed" Material credentials
"shoes ful moyste and newe" Dresses herself extravagantly, and can afford to
do so
Showing off her wealth and status (wants her
wealth to be acknowledged)
Slightly ironised for this
Appearance is important to…

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accept that mistakes can be made and follow on
with her comical prologue?

"refresshed" Euphemism: to be invigorated by sex
Voracious sexual nature

"welcome the sixte" Comical

"where comanded he virginitee?" Rhetorical questions ­ dominant
Justifying her life choices
Logical

"they were nat maad for noght" In reference to sexual…

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"we love no man that taketh kep or charge" Cannot be restrained ­ independence
The treatment of women as possessions
Alisoun is able to escape due to her cunning

"thou liknest eek wommenes love to helle" An example of what she says her husbands
"thou liknest it also to wilde…

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Also, mocks the traditional image of a woman as
`property' in sexual trade ­ the Wife is both the
seller and the thing being sold (`all is for to selle')

"Venus me yaf my lust, my likerousnesse" She gets her desire and lecherousness from
Venus ...

"Mars yaf me my…

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