While Chaucer told many tales that fit into the category of the fabliau

While Chaucer told many tales that fit into the category of the fabliau

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While Chaucer told many tales that fit into the category of the fabliau,  The Miller's Tale  fits the  concept perfectly and is generally considered the best told fabliau in any language. Here we have  the old carpenter, John, married to the young wife, Alison, whom he keeps very tight reins on. But he  is foolish; he allows a virile young student, Nicholas, to live in a room in his house, wrongly assuming  that nothing can happen because he does his carpentry at home and has his young wife under  constant surveillance. Although Alison acts surprised and angry when Nicholas initially grabs her, the  two are attracted to each other. At first, this attraction is only physical, yet a stronger bond develops  as they contrive a most intricate and elaborate plot to get the carpenter out of the house so that they  can have sex. The comedy lies in the intricacy of the plot, which is complicated by the interference of another 
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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.

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