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What are five interruptions and the reason for them in "The Wife Of Bath's Tale" from The Canterbury Tales?

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The Wife of Bath is interrupted several times during her initial introduction to her story. It is an interesting point that people continue to interrupt her and badger her far more than the other characters for a variety of silly reasons. There is certainly an element of social commentary about the status of a woman or wife, in that she is constantly pushed aside or interrupted by the men around her—which is paralleled in her opinion of her multiple marriages—that they are simply "interruptions," much like in the story.

The Pardoner is the first to interrupt her. He butts in to mention that he, too, is getting married soon, but worries that his wife will be oppressive and domineering. He also causes the second interruption, urging the Wife to go on with her story.

The Summoner and Friar are the third and fourth interruption, and they both have the same complaint—that her introduction is taking too long. Ironically, part of the reason behind the longevity of the introduction is the...

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