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The Canterbury Tales: General Prologue & Frame Story

The Canterbury Tales: General Prologue & Frame Story


by Geoffrey Chaucer

The Miller Timeline and Summary

  • The Miller's portrait is the eighteenth in the General Prologue.
  • After the Knight's tale, the Miller interrupts the Host's proposed order of tale-tellers by demanding to go before the Monk.
  • The Miller is the second to tell his tale, after the Knight and before the Reeve.
  • With his tale, the Miller insults the Reeve, who then constructs a tale for the express purpose of "quiting" the Miller's tale.