At a glance:
- Author: Geoffrey Chaucer
- First Published: 1387
- Type of Poem: Narrative
- Genres: Short fiction, Poetry, Frame story, Narrative poetry
“The Miller’s Tale” is a comic narrative of lust, deception, and infidelity. The second of Geoffrey Chaucer’s Canterbury Tales, it follows directly upon the tale of chivalry told by the Knight. Although the Host expects to call upon the Monk to tell an edifying tale, the Miller, by now quite drunk on the “ale of Southwerk,” thwarts Harry Bailly’s plans, insisting instead on telling his story, much to the irritation of its intended target, the Reeve.
Over the Reeve’s objections, the Miller begins his tale of John, a prosperous but gullible...
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