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Questions pertaining to the 'Wife of Bath's Tale'

1. The wife (Allison), is fairly wealthy, but she comes from an ordinary background. How did she gain her modest wealth?

2. Who was Allison's favorite husband, and why did she favor him the most?

3. What did the knight do to get in trouble with the queen and her court?

4. What is the moral of the tale?

Note: Only concerned with Allison's contribution to Chaucer's tales.

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1. The Wife of Bath did indeed come from a modest background, but her chosen trade was that of a cloth maker. At the time, this was one of the most lucrative trades one could engage in(Carruthers 1). She was an entrepreneur of sorts, likely serving as a member of a guild, travelling for business, managing affairs and such. This was all done "on the side" of her 'job' of being a wife. This work could be complicated further by the fact that women had to struggle to "sustain a position in law that entitled them to a separate identity with separate property in marriage'' (Matrician 1). Being an ...

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This solution provides an analysis of the following four questions as the pertain to the 'Wife of Bath's Tale':
1. The wife (Allison), is fairly wealthy, but she comes from an ordinary background. How did she gain her modest wealth?
2. Who was Allison's favorite husband, and why did she favor him the most?
3. What did the knight do to get in trouble with the queen and her court?
4. What is the moral of the tale?

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