The Miller


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  • Exposition
  • ""My husband is so full of jealousy,/ unless you watch you step and hold your breath/ I know for certain it will be my death"" (Chaucer 91).
  • Rising Action
  • ""Rain is to fall in torments, such a scud/ it will be twice as bad as Noah's flood./This world," he said, "in just about an hour,/shall be drowned..."" (Chaucer 97).
  • There's going to be a flood...
  • Rising Action
  • "Down from their ladders, stalking from on high /Came Nicholas and Alison, and sped/ Softly downstairs, without a word, to bed,/ and where this carpenter was won't be" (Chaucer 100-101).
  • There once was an old carpenter named John who married a young and beautiful woman named Alison. She did not like being tied down by marriage. The old carpenter had a tenant: a student named Nicholas. Nicholas and Alison were having an affair. Additionally, the local parson, Absolon, was madly in love with Alison.
  • Climax
  • Since the old carpenter was always home, Nicholas and Alison never had time to batter the corndog. Nicholas came up with a plan to get the old carpenter out of the way. He pretended to have a vision about a forthcoming flood. Nicholas told the carpenter to prepare 3 barrels to hold them during the flood. He did that.
  • Falling Action
  • When the carpenter had fallen asleep, Nicholas and Alison crept out to do the deed. However, the pastor, feeling lucky, decided to go and woo Alison.
  • Resolution
  • "All started laughing at this lunacy/ and streamed upstairs to gape and pry and poke,/ and treated all his sufferings as a joke" (Chaucer 106).
  • The clerk called out to Alison and asked her for a kiss. She ridicules him, but the gets an idea. She then tells Absolon that she'll kiss him, but while he expected her loving face to greet him, she instead sticks the hairy part of her butt in his face.
  • "And Absalon, so fortune framed the farce,/ Put up his mouth and kissed her naked arse" (Chaucer 103).
  • The pastor runs away in shame, but filled with rage, he comes back with a plan and a blazing hot iron rod. He went back to the carpenter's house and called out for another kiss. Annoyed, Nicholas now sticks HIS butt out the window, but met with a blazing branding iron.
  • "He was near blinded by the blast, poor chap,/ but his hot iron was ready; with a thump/ He smote him in the middle of the rump" (Chaucer ).
  • Nicholas yells in pain and wakes up the carpenter. Now, John is confused to see his wife and his tenant fully nude. Desperately, Nicholas yells to some nearby people that the carpenter is crazy!! The neighbors laughed and laughed. Nicholas and the carpenter's wife live happily ever after.
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