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Geoffrey Chaucer wrote The Canterbury Tales a collection of stories in a frame story between 1387 and 1400 It is the story of a group of thirty people who travel as pilgrims to Canterbury England The pilgrims who come from all layers of society tell stories to each other to kill time while they travel to Canterbury If the Prologue is trusted Chaucer intended that each pilgrim should tell two tales on the way to Canterbury and two tales on the way back He never finished his enormous project and even the completed tales were not finally revised Scholars are uncertain about the order of the tales As the printing press had yet to be invented when Chaucer wrote his works The Canterbury Tales has been passed down in several handwritten manuscripts Among all of the tales the Miller sticks out the most The Miller not only is a drunk but deceitful in many ways to tell his story he ruins the Hosts tale enjoys overturning all conventions and boasts about his drunken rampages Short-shouldered broad and thick the Miller has a wart on his nose and a big mouth both literally and figuratively As described in the prologue he is a great stout fellow with big brawn and bone His beard was red like any soy or fox and his nostril was black as they were wide His mouth was mighty just like a furnace door Last of all his hand was a master at stealing grain During his story he threatens the Hosts notion of propriety when he drunkenly insists on telling the second tale Indeed the Miller seems to enjoy overturning all conventions--he ruins the Hosts carefully planned story-telling order he rips doors off hinges and he tells a tale that is somewhat blasphemous and ridicules religious clerks scholarly clerks carpenters and women The Miller was a drunken comedian just trying to get a reaction out of the other pilgrims During the
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