The friend replies that he has not seen John since Saturday. He thinks he must have gone out of town to buy timber.
Absolon is overjoyed, declaring this the perfect time to court Alisoun.
He describes his plan to stand beneath Alisoun's window at dawn and tell her of his love-longing.
Absolon says his mouth is itchy, which he believes is a sign it's in need of kissing.
Also, he says, he dreamed last night he was at a feast.
He says he will sleep for two hours, then wake and play.
Absolon wakes at cock-crow.
He dresses himself nicely and chews spices and licorice to make his breath smell good.
He goes to the carpenter's house and stands at Alisoun's window, the bottom of which is only at his chest because it is so low.
He asks Alisoun to wake and speak to him, claiming she cares little for his sadness. He describes himself as a lamb longing for the teat and a turtle-dove, and says he eats no more than a maid, so strong is his love-sickness.