How was the Wife of Bath changed as she has aged?  

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It is difficult to assess how much of the Wife of Bath's life story—told in the the tale's Prologue —is true, as she repeatedly describes how she lies blatantly and without shame to manipulate men and get her way. If we take her story at face value, she doesn't appear to have changed much at all. Her chief change seems to be external, for she has aged: she was married for the first time at twelve and marries the fifth time at forty. She admits to losing her looks but feels she has retained her sexual energy and appetites. Her primary emotional transformation seems to be a softening or mellowing: she marries the final time for love, wedding a man twenty years her junior. This may...

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