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The comedy lies in the intricacy of the plot

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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 
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