The Canterbury Tales: The Miller's Tale
by Geoffrey Chaucer
The Canterbury Tales: The Miller's Tale Lines 631-707 Summary
- Absolon hears Nicholas and declares his intention to get revenge on Alisoun.
- He washes his lips vigorously with sand, straw, and wood chips, so disgusted is he by what he has just done.
- From that moment on, he is healed of his love-sickness.
- He goes across the street to the blacksmith's shop and knocks loudly on the door.
- The blacksmith answers the door and wonders what Absolon is doing awake so early, speculating that it must be because of a girl.
- Absolon asks to borrow a hot poker from the blacksmith.
- The blacksmith agrees but asks him what he intends to do with it.
- Absolon says he will tell him tomorrow.
- Absolon takes the poker to the carpenter's house and knocks on Alisoun's window.
- Alisoun asks who's there, thinking it's a thief.
- Absolon answers that it's him and tells Alisoun he's brought her a gold ring, which he will trade her for a kiss.
- Nicholas has gotten up to go pee and decides he wants in on Alisoun's joke.
- He sticks his butt out the window.
- Absolon tells 'Alisoun' to speak so he can figure out where she is.
- Nicholas farts in Absolon's face so percussively that Absolon is nearly blinded by the force of it.
- Absolon brands Nicholas with the hot iron.
- In great pain, Nicholas cries out for water.
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