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  • Alison is married to the carpenter, but she is having an affair with Nicholas the Gallant who is her husband's student. They have to sneak around since the carpenter is very possessive. A clerk, Absalon, is in love with Alison.
  • Exposition
  • "'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 107)
  • Since the old carpenter was always home and Nicholas wanted some time alone with Alison, he told the carpenter of a vision he had about an upcoming storm and that he needed to prepare for it.
  • ""Rain is to fall in torments, such a scud/ It will be twice as bad as Noah's Flood'" (Chaucer 113).
  • Rising Action
  • After the carpenter fell asleep, Nicholas and Alison decided to sneak off and do the deed in Alison's chambers.
  • "Came Nicholas and Alison, and sped/ Softly downstairs, without a word, to bed,/ and where this carpenter was won't to be" (Chaucer 117).
  • Rising Action
  • Absalon wanted to make a move on Alison so he tried kissing her, but kissed her bottom instead because Alison fooled him.
  • "And Absalon, so fortune framed the farce,/ Put up his mouth and kissed his naked arse/ Most savorously before he knew of this" (Chaucer 119).
  • Climax
  • Absalon wanted to teach Alison a lesson so he took hot iron rod the next time he went to visit her to stick up her bottom, but instead Nicholas put his bottom out instead and ended up getting burned.
  • "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 121).
  • Falling Action
  • Nicholas screams out in pain and everything is blamed on the carpenter. The carpenter is believed to be a mad mad and is sent to an asylum. Nicholas and Alison live happily ever after.
  • Resolution
  • "No matter what the carpenter asserted/ It went for nothing, no one was converted;/ With powerful oaths they swore the fellow down" (Chaucer 122).
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