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Absolon first sees Alisoun among the other wives of the parish church and immediately falls for her.
We learn that Absolon is a fastidious parish clerk with a penchant for the arts and a disgust for farting.
Absolon begins his courtship of Alisoun by singing love songs outside her window. He sends her gifts and takes a role in a local play in an attempt to impress her.
Absolon inquires about John's whereabouts and learns that no one has seen him all day long.
He resolves to court Alisoun again, saying that his mouth is itchy (which he takes as a sign it needs to be kissed), and that he recently had a dream about a feast, both of which he interprets as meaning he's about to get lucky.
Absolon positions himself at Alisoun's window and begs for her love. When she refuses, he asks for just a kiss.
Absolon kisses Alisoun's bare butt when she sticks it out the window to play a joke on him.
Angry, Absolon borrows a poker from the nearby blacksmith.
He returns to Alisoun's window and, thinking it's Alison, brands Nicholas with the hot poker.