From 11:00PM PDT on Friday, July 1 until 5:00AM PDT on Saturday, July 2, the Shmoop engineering elves will be making tweaks and improvements to the site. That means Shmoop will be unavailable for use during that time. Thanks for your patience!
We have changed our privacy policy. In addition, we use cookies on our website for various purposes. By continuing on our website, you consent to our use of cookies. You can learn about our practices by reading our privacy policy.
© 2016 Shmoop University, Inc. All rights reserved.
The Canterbury Tales: The Miller's Tale

The Canterbury Tales: The Miller's Tale

  

by Geoffrey Chaucer

Analysis: Trivia

Brain Snacks: Tasty Tidbits of Knowledge

The fact that the rooms in John's attic have locks on their doors is a sign that John is affluent; such locks were uncommon and were considered the "latest thing." (Source)

One of the tubs John acquires to hang from his rafters, the "kymelyn," is a round barrel used for brewing beer. (Source)

The "trewe-love" Absolon puts under his tongue before he goes to court Alisoun is also called the "Herb Paris" ("herb of a pair" in Latin) and is a narcotic. (Source)

People who Shmooped this also Shmooped...

Advertisement