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Where does the Wife of Bath interrupt her own story?

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The Wife of Bath interrupts her story to tell the tale of King Midas, beginning by saying "we wommen" can't keep any secrets. To illustrate this point, she begins to recount the story of King Midas's wife. King Midas had long ass's ears, which he was able to hide from everyone but his wife. He asked her not to tell anyone, and she promised to keep his secret. However, being a woman, it burbled up inside her, and she thought she would burst if she didn't tell it somehow. Therefore, she went to a marsh and putting her mouth to the mire, she told the secret to the water. What happened next? The Wife of Bath tells her listeners to look it up in Ovid.

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