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To defend her position, the Wife refers to King Solomon, who had many wives, and to St. Paul's  admonishment that it is better to marry than to burn. Having shown a knowledge of the Bible, she  challenges anyone to show her that God  commanded  virginity. Furthermore, sexual organs are made  both for functional purposes and for pleasure. And unlike many cold women, she has always been  willing to have sex whenever her man wants to. The Wife of Bath then relates tales about her former husbands and reveals how she was able to gain  the upper hand ("sovereignty") over them. Unfortunately, just at the time she gains complete mastery  over one of her husbands, he dies. Then she explains how she gained control over her fifth husband. At her fourth husband's funeral, she could hardly keep her eyes off a young clerk named Jankyn,  whom she had already admired. At the month's end, she and Jankyn were married, even though she 
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