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What are the Wife of Bath's weaknesses in The Canterbury Tales?

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The Wife of Bath comes across as one of the more abrasive characters in The Canterbury Tales, the kind of person it would probably be very tiresome to spend a long journey with. Still, she is also a favorite to modern readers, who generally enjoy her spunk and bawdy wit. 

She definitely has some traits that her fellow travelers and even some modern readers might view as negative. First is her appearance. Despite having married five men (so far!), the Wife of Bath is far from conventional beauty. She has wide hips, a gap tooth, and a red face. She also is very ostentatious with her dress. From her hat the size of a "bokeler" (a small shield) to her...

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