6. The narrator warns us about the following story, the Miller’s Tale. It seems like he is saying that it is his fault that this tale ended up in The Canterbury Tales and if we don’t like it we can skip past it. We are also told not to blame him, blame them. The Miller’s Tale 1. In the opening lines, we learn that the carpenter was living in Oxenforde, was rich, and took in boarders. Nicholas is staying with the carpenter as a boarder. He is described as educated and knowledgeable of astronomy. The narrator calls him “hende Nicholas” because he is known to be courteous, handy, and attractive. He was also very sneaky with love and “pleasurable practices.” 2. The problem seems to be that the carpenter believes that his new wife is cheating on him, since they have a large age gap. The description of Alison is very similar to a young animal. She seems very beautiful and well adorned, but extremely young (it says she is 18). 3. Nicholas is extremely not subtle. That was the very definition of not subtle. His said he would die if she did not sleep with him, while her husband was out of town (the husband likes/trusts him). At first he failed, but soon he somehow succeeded. They both need to be
very secretive, as her husband is very jealous of other men around her, but Nicholas expects to be very successful in the end. 4. Absolon is a member of the church, a parish clerk. His name means “The Father of Peace,” so that suggests that he will be an important character in the story, hopefully one who helps end the story peacefully. He particularly dislikes farting and cussing and/or rude language.