Please paraphrase the character sketch of the Wife of Bath in Chaucer's Prologue to The Canterbury Tales.

Chaucer's Wife of Bath in the Prologue to The Canterbury Tales is a colorful character in both appearance and personality. With her scarlet stockings, large hat, bountiful skirts, and stout frame, she presents a larger-than-life picture. She is a shrewd businesswoman, a well-traveled pilgrim, and an experienced wife, having had five husbands.

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The Wife of Bath is a very colorful character. She is a feminist ahead of her time who's managed to achieve a degree of independence that was all too rare for Medieval women. Having married five times, she is a true woman of the world, who understands men better than they understand themselves. This gives her not just a modicum of worldly wisdom, but also a lot of experience on which to draw in telling her story of what it is that women want most of all.

The Wife of Bath could be described as a tad vulgar in that she's not ashamed to flaunt her incredible wealth. She does this by wearing flashy jewelry and expensive clothes, which make her stand out from the crowd. The Wife's obvious wealth would appear to indicate that she made some good marriages and even better investments from the money left her by successive husbands.

By Medieval standards, the Wife of Bath is a well-traveled woman, who's been on many religious pilgrimages. Although one gets the impression that she uses these pilgrimages as a way of showing off her extraordinary wealth, there's no doubting the Wife's piety. She is clearly a devout Christian, even if her interpretation of certain tenets of the faith—most notably strictures against remarriage—are somewhat unorthodox.

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The Wife of Bath is one of the star characters of Chaucer's Canterbury Tales. We first meet her in the Prologue, where the narrator gives us a good sense of her appearance and personality. The Wife, he tells us, is somewhat deaf, but she is an excellent cloth-maker and business woman. She is also quite prideful, not wanting anyone in church to go before her in the offering (and becoming angry if someone dares to).

The Wife presents a colorful picture with her scarlet stockings, fine kerchief, new shoes (complete with a pair of sharp spurs), large wimple and hat, and bountiful skirts. She is not a beautiful woman, for she is quite stout and has a wide gap in her teeth.

This is a woman who has been around the block a few times, in more ways then one. She has had five husbands already (and some extra company in her youth), and she knows all the tricks when it comes to love. Yet she has also traveled on many pilgrimages, even as far as Rome and Jerusalem. She is a woman who seems to latch onto the enjoyments of life, and she knows how to laugh and chat with others.

Indeed, the Wife of Bath is a colorful, interesting individual, a blend of bawdiness and piety, outspoken and larger than life, and she reveals Chaucer's extraordinary talent for creating fascinating characters.

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The General Prologue introduction of the Wife of Bath in the Canterbury Tales describes her in detail telling her location, most pronounced physical characteristic, occupation, skill, religious behavior, wealth and style, facial features, her standing in the community, her worldly experiences, her teeth (symbolic of sexuality), her horsemanship, her head wear, her physique, her psychological traits (spur the horse), her sociability, her dabblings in magical and herbal remedies.

A prose paraphrase of Geoffrey Chaucer's description in poetry of the Wife of Bath might run something like this:

In the company was a wife from Bath or its environs who was a little bit hard of hearing. She wove cloth and was more skilled at it than the famous weavers of Belgium in Ypres and Ghent. She was religious and in her perish gave liberal church offerings. In fact, she was angry if any wife gave more than she did and would lose all charitable feelings and kindness toward any for doing so.

Her clothes displayed her wealthy position. Her headgear was of the best material and weave and so elaborate that they weighed at least ten pounds. Her stockings were a scarlet red,  the best and most expensive, and she kept them firmly up so they didn't sag and bunch around her ankles. Her shoes were of the best leather, soft, well cared for and new. Her face was attractive and red in color; her expression bold and not timid.

She was a respectable wife. She had had church weddings to five husbands. But that doesn't count other flings she had in her youth, which aren't worth mentioning anymore. She had traveled three time to Jerusalem and could give travelogues of all the places in between. She'd seen Rome, Boulogne, Spain at Santiago and Cologne.

She had a gap between her front teeth and was a good horsewoman. Her headdress was copious with many folds under her chin and the hat she wore over it was as broad as a shield of armor. Her skirt was tucked under her so as not to drag. She had big hips. On her new, soft shoes, she wore spurs and wasn't afraid to use them on the horse. In company, she could comfortably laugh and converse. Lastly, she knew the remedies of love such as love potions; after five husbands, she knew the ancient ways of love.

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