The Canterbury Tales: The Miller's Tale
by Geoffrey Chaucer
The Canterbury Tales: The Miller's Tale Lines 549-599 Summary
- Absolon asks a friend if he's seen John recently.
- The friend replies that he has not seen John since Saturday. He thinks he must have gone out of town to buy timber.
- Absolon is overjoyed, declaring this the perfect time to court Alisoun.
- He describes his plan to stand beneath Alisoun's window at dawn and tell her of his love-longing.
- Absolon says his mouth is itchy, which he believes is a sign it's in need of kissing.
- Also, he says, he dreamed last night he was at a feast.
- He says he will sleep for two hours, then wake and play.
- Absolon wakes at cock-crow.
- He dresses himself nicely and chews spices and licorice to make his breath smell good.
- He goes to the carpenter's house and stands at Alisoun's window, the bottom of which is only at his chest because it is so low.
- He asks Alisoun to wake and speak to him, claiming she cares little for his sadness. He describes himself as a lamb longing for the teat and a turtle-dove, and says he eats no more than a maid, so strong is his love-sickness.
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