The Miller's Tale

The Miller's Tale
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  • "My husband is so full of jealousy,/ Unless you watch your step and hold your breath/ I know for certain it will be death." (Chaucer 91)
  • The Exposition
  • The Rising Action
  • "Came Nicholas and Alison, and sped/ Softly downstairs, without a word, to bed,/ and where this carpenter was won't to be" (Chaucer 1117)
  • Now dearest lady, if thy pleasure be in thoughts of love, think tenderly of me!
  • The Rising Action
  • There once was a carpenter named John who was married to a woman named Alison who falls in love with a scholar named Nicholas living in the carpenter's house. (90)
  • Climax
  • "And Absalon, so fortune framed the farce,/ Put up his mouth and kissed her naked arse/ Most savorously before he knew of this" (Chaucer 103)
  • Whenever the carpenter wan't around his wife, she and Nicholas would butter the biscuit. In oder to do this Nicholas told the carpenter a storm was coming like in the story of Noah in the Bible and told him to get three tubs to survive.
  • Falling Action
  • "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 105)
  • A parish clerk, named Absalon also fancied the carpenter's wife when he saw her for the first time. He would pass her at times of the day asking for her love, but always she would ignore him.
  • Resolution
  • "No matter what the carpenter asserted/ It went for nothing, no one was converted;/ With powerful oaths they swore the fellow down" (Chaucer 106)
  • One day while walking by, Absalon seeing Alison nearby asks her for a kiss in hopes that she will fall in love with her. Because it is dark he isn't aware that Alison sticks her anus out instead of her face to kiss him. Disgusted, Absalon flees.
  • Still angry, Absalon visits his friend Gervase, who was a blacksmith. He sees him using a hot coulter and returns to Alison's house. When he asked for another kiss she responds, this time Nicholas sticks his anus out the window and farts in Absalon's face who immediately after stabs him with the coulter.
  • Yelling in pain, Nicholas drew all of the neighbors and the carpenter to see what the commotion was. Alison and Nicholas ran into the streets saying that that there was a murder and the carpenter was responsible. The crowd didn't believe John no matter how hard he tried to change their mind, and thought he was crazy laughing at him.
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