Wife of Bath

LHS-Canterbury-Tales

Direct Characterization

Appearance:

  • "A rug tucked around her buttocks large" - Line 474
  • "Gap-toothed was she, it was no lie to say" - Line 470
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Characteristics:

  • Master Seamstress "At making cloth she had so great a bent
    She bettered those of Ypres and even of Ghent." - Line 447-448
  • Considered a master of love "The remedies of love she knew, perchance, For of that art she'd learned the old, old dance." - Line 476 - 477

Indirect Characterization

  • Well traveled "At Rome she'd been, and she'd been in Boulogne,
    In Spain at Santiago, and at Cologne."  - Line 466-467
  • Always tried to be seen as the best "Should offering make before her, on my life; And if one did, indeed, so wroth was she. It put her out of all her charity."  - Line 450-453
  • Fond of men "With five churched husbands bringing joy and strife,
    Not counting other company in youth" -Line 460-461

Adjectives

Pretentious

Advantageous

Seductive