Using his own experiences

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Using his own experiences — after only two months of marriage, his intolerable wife causes him  constant agony — the Merchant has a cynical and bitter view of marriage. He makes clear that his  story will characterize wives of a different sort. In his tale, however, the Merchant offers such high  praise of marriage and such praise for the role of the wife that his guests are confused as to whether  he is sincere or being sarcastic. In  The Merchant's Tale,  January, a wealthy, elderly knight, decides to marry. His reasons are clear  enough: He wants to fulfill God's wish that man and woman marry, and he wants a son to inherit his  estates. January calls many of his friends together to listen to his plans and to offer him advice. His  close friend, Justinius, argues against marriage, pointing out the unfaithfulness of women. The  knight's other friend, Placebo, argues that January should make up his own mind. Surveying the 
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