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The Canterbury Tales: The Miller's Tale

The Canterbury Tales: The Miller's Tale

by Geoffrey Chaucer

Analysis: Steaminess Rating

Exactly how steamy is this story?

R

"The Miller's Tale" is about sex, sex, and more sex. If characters aren't having sex, they are either desperately trying to (Absolon) or worried that others are (John). You've also got several obscene puns on genitals ("pryvetee"), buttocks, a prominent phallic object (that hot poker), and a huge replica of male genitalia hanging from the ceiling.

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