Nicholas persuades his landlord’s wife, Alisoun ●Absolon is in love with Alisoun ●Alisoun lets Absolon kiss her rear end ○Comes again and Nicholas sticks butt out window and farts ○Absolon brands Nicholas with red-hot poker ●Carpenter cuts rope, falls, breaks arm ●Fabliaux = comical and grotesque stories where characters thrive by their wit The Reeve’s Prologue and Tale ●Reeve is offended by Miller’s tale of a stupid carpenter ●Counters with tale of dishonest miller ●Two students go to mill to watch miller grind corn ●Miller unties their horse and steals their flour while boys chase horse ●Spend night at miller’s house ●Boys seduce miller’s wife and daughter The Cook’s Prologue and Tale ●Cook enjoys Reeve’s Tale ●Apprentice named “Perkin Reveler” dances and drinks ●Tale breaks off unfinished The Wife of Bath’s Prologue and Tale ●Tells feelings about marriage ○Be fruitful and multiply ●Has had 5 husbands ●Friar complains that her story is too long ●Summoner promises to tell tale of Friar and vice versa ●King Arthur’s court rapes a maiden ●Arthur’s queen sends him on a quest to discover what women want most ●Ugly old woman promises the light that she will tell him a secret if he promises to do whatever she wants for saving his life ●Women wants sovereignty (respect) ●Knight must mary old woman ●Knight says she’s ugly ○She can either be ugly and faithful, or beautiful and unfaithful
○Knight lets her choose ○Rewards him and she’s beautiful and faithful The Friar’s Prologue and Tale ●Lighten mood with funny story of lecherous summoner ●
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