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Unformatted text preview: The comedy lies in the intricacy of the plot, which is complicated by the interference of another admirer, Absalon. As with all fabliaux, the obscenity involves how Nicholas and Alison play an obscene trick on the unsuspecting, delicate young man and force him to commit an obscene act kissing her arse that is especially repugnant to him. Absalon's retaliation, sticking a hot poker up Nicholas' arse, brings about the denouement of the story in a marvelous bit of madness. Part of the charm of The Miller's Tale is that each of the males gets what he deserves. John the Carpenter, for having married a young lass and keeping her so confined, is awarded for his stupidity and pride by becoming even more of a laughing stock than he was before. The scheming young scholar, Nicholas, is left with a severely burned "arse," and the persnickety church clerk, Absalon is...
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This note was uploaded on 12/05/2011 for the course ENGLISH 101 taught by Professor Staff during the Fall '11 term at Texas State.
- Fall '11