The Wife of Bath was first married at the tender age of 12 and since then she had 5 husbands. She, over time, learnt to control each of her husbands. She tells the pilgrims the ways she controlled each one, saying that the 3 old and rich males are good because they are submissive.
The Wife of Bath
The Pardoner interrupts her while she tells them the tale. He is planning to marry soon and worries that his wife will control his body, as the Wife of Bath describes. The Wife of Bath tells him to have patience and to listen to the whole tale to see if it reveals the truth about marriage.