the miller's tale

the miller's tale

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  • “Make love to me right now, or, by God, I’m going to die!”(p.2)
  • “Stop it! I wouldn’t even kiss you, let alone do anything else! Quit it, Nicholas, or I’ll cry ‘rape!’ Now get your hands off me, you creep!”(p.2)
  • “All that time I spent studying would be a waste if I couldn’t fool a simple carpenter.” (p.2)
  • “My husband is so jealous that he’ll kill me if he finds out,” (p.2)
  • At a house in Oxford, lived a "poor young student [named] Nicholas". Also nicknamed Tricky Nicky. " He was pretty crafty and very cautious but looked as innocent as a little girl".(pg 1)
  • A young eighteen year old girl named Allison " was beautiful, with a body as small and slim as a weasel's". She was pure and beautiful ," and fit for any king to sleep with". (pg.1)
  • “Help us, St. Frideswide! Look what’s happened all of a sudden!"(p.4)
  • Nicholas sweet talked his way out of the situation. As he began hitting on Allison, she eventually started catching feelings for him. Allison explained to Nicholas that her husband cannot know about their relationship.
  • "he’d imagined it all, and had tried to get them to help him hang three tubs to prepare for “Noel’s flood,”(9-10)
  • Nicholas and Allison planned a night where they would be able to sleep together.  Allison had to tell her husband, who is the carpenter, that Nicholas's door has been shut. Meanwhile Nicholas " moved about a day or two’s worth of food into his bedroom."(p.3)
  • The carpenter began to get very worried due to the fact that no one has seen Nicholas. He then prayed “Help us, St. Frideswide! Look what’s happened all of a sudden! Nicholas has gone insane from all that astrology he does." (p.4).The carpenter broke down the door and saw Nicholas sitting with his mouth wide open.
  • Later on, both Nicholas and Allison's plan worked. They were able to sleep together. During that night, Nicholas went to the bathroom to pee, when all of a sudden , he heard the voice of Absalom. Nicholas thought it would be funny to make a prank the priest. Absalom, "was ready with the hot poker, though, and rammed it right at Tricky Nicky’s bum."(p.9) Nicholas then screamed for water which woke up the carpenter. The carpenter cut the rope of the tub which knocked him out cold. Nicholas and Allison ran to the street with many curious neighbors. They told the neighbors a false story, which made the capenter the laugh of the town.
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