The Miller's Tale

The Miller's Tale

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  • "The End."
  • "Now it is my..."
  • "No, it is my turn! I will match the Knight's tale."
  • "In the beginning..."
  • "No, I object!"
  • "uhhhh"
  • "Hi, I am Nicholas. You should be with me."
  • The pilgrims and others are on their way to Canterbury and the Knight has just finished his tale, and the Monk is awaiting his turn. The drunken Miller interjects and implores he tell his tale next.
  • "What are you doing?"
  • "I heard a word from God."
  • The Miller steals the stage, and claims he is not accountable for anything he says because "he is drunk". After the objection by the Reeve, the Miller proceeds to tell his "ridiculous" tale. He started out telling them about the story. It is about a wealthy carpenter named John who is very possessive of his young beautiful wife, Alisoun, and a young student named Nicholas who was boarding with him.
  • "Uhhh, whatever... Watch this."
  • "I just want one kiss, and then I will leave."
  • John, the carpenter, leaves his wife Alisoun alone with his boarder Nicholas. After flirting for a while, Nicholas convinces Alisoun of a way they can be together and begins to make a plan.
  • "Ahhhhhh! Help! Water! Water!"
  • "You're crazy!"
  • "But they...!"
  • After Alisoun tells her husband John that Nicholas is ill, John decides to go check on him. Once he gets there, Nicholas tells him that God told him that He was going to flood the Earth again, and that they must prepare if they wanted to save themselves and Alisoun. John believes him and goes to prepare; oblivious to the fact that this is all part of their plan.
  • Once they trick John into sleeping in a tub hanging from the roof while awaiting the flood, Alisoun and Nicholas sleep together all night. Then during this time a clerk named Absolon shows up wanting a kiss from Alisoun. Although she agreed, she greeted him with much worse...
  • After Absolon got an unpleasant surprise, he sought out revenge. When Nicholas stuck his naked butt out of the window for Absolon's next "kiss", Absolon met it with a hot branding iron. Nicholas screamed so loud, John sleeping in the tub on the roof woke up and cut himself down thinking the flood had come. He crashed down to the ground, and all of the commotion awoke some of the other villagers. He tried to explain what was going on, but Alisoun and Nicholas pretended to know of nothing. They claimed John was mad and crazy and the other villagers believed them.
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