Clark, who was producing the duo.
Before the Monk can utter a word, however, the Miller interrupts. When the Miller threatens to leave, however, the Host acquiesces. The Reeve shouts out his immediate objection to such ridicule, but the Miller insists on proceeding with his tale. Nicholas boarded with a wealthy but ignorant old carpenter named John, who was jealous and highly possessive of his sexy eighteen-year-old wife, Alisoun.
One day, the carpenter leaves, and Nicholas and Alisoun begin flirting. Nicholas grabs Alisoun, and she threatens to cry for help.
He then begins to cry, and after a few sweet words, she agrees to sleep with him when it is safe to do so. She is worried that John will find out, but Nicholas is confident he can outwit the carpenter. Nicholas is not alone in desiring Alisoun.
A merry, vain parish clerk named Absolon also fancies Alisoun.
He serenades her every night, buys her gifts, and gives her money, but to no avail—Alisoun loves Nicholas. Nicholas devises a plan that will allow him and Alisoun to spend an entire night together.
He has Alisoun tell John that Nicholas is ill. John sends a servant to check on his boarder, who arrives to find Nicholas immobile, staring at the ceiling.
Nevertheless, he feels sorry for the student and goes to check on him. Nicholas tells John he has had a vision from God and offers to tell John about it.
He explains that he has foreseen a terrible event. The carpenter believes him and fears for his wife, just what Nicholas had hoped would occur.
Nicholas instructs John to fasten three tubs, each loaded with provisions and an ax, to the roof of the barn. On Monday night, they will sleep in the tubs, so that when the flood comes, they can release the tubs, hack through the roof, and float until the water subsides.
Monday night arrives, and Nicholas, John, and Alisoun ascend by ladder into the hanging tubs. In the early dawn, Absolon passes by.Welcome to the Purdue OWL. This page is brought to you by the OWL at Purdue University. When printing this page, you must include the entire legal notice.
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