The Reeve's Tale
When the scholars return, they notice their flour is missing so they decide to trick the Miller. After asking him if they could stay the night in his home, the two men and the Millers family get drunk together and all go to bed in the same room. Once the Miller has begun to snore, Alan decides to make up for the stolen flour by raping the Millers daughter. Feeling left out, John decides to act on the Millers wife. During the night, the she gets up to use the bathroom and this is when John strikes. He moves the baby cradle over next to his bed, and when she returns, the Millers wife climbs into John's bed believing it is her husband. John then proceeds to rape her as well. As it grows closer to morning, Alan leaves the bed of the Millers daughter to return to "Johns bed". However, he is thrown off by the cradle and ends up climbing into the Millers bed where he tells "John" of his conquest. Naturally, the Miller becomes enraged and attacks Alan. The fight ends with a very beat up Miller, as John and Alan sneak off into the night with their horses and flour reclaimed again.
Moral of the Story
What I had to research
Dotage: the period of life when a person is weak and old
Scrofula: tuberculosis infection in the lymph nodes
Monopoly: exclusive control of a certain supply or trade
Beguiler: a person who charms others
2. Why do you think that the Millers daughter helped out the scholars in the end with reclaiming their lost grain? What do you think this says about the character of the Miller?