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The Canterbury Tales: The Reeve's Tale

The Canterbury Tales: The Reeve's Tale

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Geoffrey Chaucer

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Malyne Timeline and Summary

  • At the beginning of the tale, the narrator introduces Malyne as Symkyn's daughter and describes her physical voluptuousness.
  • The narrator tells us that Malyne's grandfather, the town parson, plans to bestow an inheritance on her and marry her to a nobleman, thus using her to elevate the family's social status.
  • Aleyn decides to take recompense for the corn Symkyn has stolen from him by having sex with Malyne; before she can even protest, Aleyn jumps on top of her.
  • In the morning, Malyne calls Aleyn "sweet lemman" and tells him where he can find the corn her father has stolen.

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