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The Wife of Bath, Alyson, has been married five times, and she explains how she has been in control of most of these marriages. She views herself as an expert on the woes of marriage
She uses biblical examples, including King Solomon to show being married so many times is a positive thing. She's even excited to meet her sixth husband.
Alyson's fifth marriage, to Janekyn, was for love and not money. She gives him everything, and he gives her nothing. He tries to control her because he is younger and insecure
Janekyn reads to Alyson every evening about wicked wives. She finally becomes so annoyed that she rips the book and strikes Janekyn. He hits her back, causing her to go deaf in one ear.
Alyson pretends to be dying on the floor, but when Janekyn approaches to check her condition, she strikes him again.
This leads to a truce between the two, and Janekyn gives Alyson all of the power in their marriage.
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