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The Canterbury Tales: The Miller's Tale

The Canterbury Tales: The Miller's Tale

by Geoffrey Chaucer

The Canterbury Tales: The Miller's Tale Lines 708-746 Summary

Lines 708-746

  • Hearing Nicholas's cry and thinking it refers to the flood, John cuts the ropes attaching his tub to the ceiling.
  • John crashes to the floor, where he lies in a faint.
  • Alisoun and Nicholas run out into the street, crying in a panic.
  • Hearing the commotion, the neighbors run to the carpenter's house to see what's going on.
  • The neighbors gape at John, who still lies in a faint and has broken his arm.
  • John tries to explain what has happened, but he is interrupted by Nicholas and Alisoun.
  • Nicholas and Alisoun tell the gathered crowd that John is crazy and so afraid of a flood that he bought three tubs in order to avoid drowning.
  • The crowd laughs at John. The clerks of the town declare him crazy.
  • Thus is John cuckolded, Absolon humiliated, and Nicholas branded.
  • The narrator declares the tale concluded.

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