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The Canterbury Tales: The Wife of Bath's Prologue

The Canterbury Tales: The Wife of Bath's Prologue

by Geoffrey Chaucer

Husbands #1, 2, and 3 Timeline and Summary

  • The Wife mentions Husbands #1-3 at the beginning of her Prologue, before she launches into her re-enactment of how she spoke to them.
  • She tells us that Husbands #1-3 were rich, old, and good.
  • The Wife gives an extended re-enactment of how she spoke to her husbands, accusing them of saying derogatory things about women while drunk.
  • The Wife claims that after her severe tongue lashings, Husbands #1-3 quickly yielded control to her.

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