In Oxford lived a rich carpenter. In his house lives a poor boy named Nicholas who is well studied astrology and sings very good as well. The carpenter is jealous of his eighteen year old wife that is flirtatious: The Miller describes her as a frisky young flower.
Nicholas and Alison begin an affair ( Nicholas vs. John) Absolon courts Alison but doesn't get her attention (Absolon vs. Nicholas
Alison gets scared that John might catch them having the affair. Nicholas later tells John that Noah's flood is coming and to save themselves he should get a bathtub hanging from the roof. Alison repeatedly rejects Absolon. John gets in the bathtub leaving Nicholas and Alison alone. Absolon tries kissing Alison but fails to to so.
Absolon gets angry and asks Alison for a second kiss. Nicholas offers his buttocks, Absolon enraged stabs Nicholas with a hot poker. John believes that the flood has started because of the scream Nicholas howled.
John falls from the roof bathtub screaming bringing in the towns people.
Towns people are amused by Johns injury. Alison and Nicholas use the opperunity to say that he is crazy, ruining Johns reputation as a carpenter and man.