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The Tale of the Miller In Chaucers Canterbury tales the Millers tale is said to be arguably the most humorous of the number It is easy to see why this is said as one reads through the prologue and the tale Though vulgar at its best it is also said to give one a good idea of how the lower classes in Chaucers time seemed to relate between one another Following the completion of the Knights tale the host challenges the Monk to tell a tale to repay it The Miller who is so drunk he can barely stay mounted upon his horse starts shouting and swearing that he has a tale to match the Knights The host noting his rudeness attempts to persuade him to allow a better man proceed but the Miller will not hear of it and carries on with his tale anyway Chaucer then take a brief pause in the story to allow for the hosts warning that the tale that follows is short on both holiness and morality but there is a prize at stake so he must continue with that being said he allows the tale to begin John an old jealous carpenter ignored Catos warning that one should marry someone like himself people wed according to their condition for youth and age are ofter at odds Chaucer 152-153 The Millers Tale lines 42-44 Alison whom he married was a girl much younger and more beautiful than himself As will happen in cases such as this the young Alison had many admirers who were most smitten with her It happened one day that the old carpenter was away and Nicholas the pleasant astrology clerk did grab Alison where he shouldnt and said Unless I have my will of you sweetheart Im sure to die for suppressed love Chaucer 155 The Millers Tale lines 90-92 He continues to woo her until finally making Allison his own She then promises to
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