John (Carpenter) Alison (Wife) Nicholas (Student) Absalon (Parish Clerk)
The Miller’s Tale John is much older than Alison. Cuckold Nicholas tells Alison he loves her. Alison resists at first, but agrees to an affair when the opportunity presents itself.
The Miller’s Tale Absalon is also in love with Alison Courtly love image
The Miller’s Tale Nicholas has a plan: He stays in his room, causing John concern. Nicholas pretends to be distraught by something he has seen in the stars. Nicholas confides this “secret” to John.
The Miller’s Tale The Flood is coming. There is a way to survive according to Nicholas.
The Miller’s Tale Once all three are in the tubs, John falls asleep. Nicholas and Alison sneak away. Absalon looks for Alison Absalon looking for a kiss from her.
The Miller’s Tale 1 st “Kiss” Absalon is upset and wants to get even. 2 nd “Kiss” Nicholas yells for “Help! Water!” John hears him, and, thinking the flood has arrived, cuts down his tub. John is seen by the town as mad/crazy.