| Quote #4
This carpenter answerde, 'Allas, my wyf!
Stricken by the thought of Alisoun dying, John proves himself to be perhaps the only character in the tale who truly loves her.
| Quote #5
This sely carpenter biginneth quake;
John's agony over the image of Alisoun drowning spurs him to obtain and provision the three tubs. As it does in the previous citation, the thought of Alisoun drowning has a strong physical effect on John, causing him to weep and wail.
| Quote #6
To Alisoun now wol I tellen al
Absolon raises the question here of whether his real goal is love or just physical gratification. He is pretending to suffer from "love-longing" just so Alisoun will kiss him.