Charm in Chaucer

  • Richard Beckman


In The Canterbury Tales, charm keeps lowly company, as in the notorious “Miller’s Tale” where Absolon, lusting after (charmed by) the carpenter’s wife, Alison, thinking that he will at last get to kiss her, approaches her window. With the approval of her paramour, Nicholas, she presents her rear end for him to encounter.The night is dark:

But with his mouth he kiste hir naked ersFul savourly [with relish] er he was war of this.Abak he sterte [jumped], and thoughte it was amis,For wel he wiste a womman hath no beerd.He felte a thing al rough and longe yherd [haired].

His passion is desiccated.


Maladroit charm in Chaucer 

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Authors and Affiliations

  • Richard Beckman
    • 1
  1. 1.Temple UniversityPhiladelphiaUSA

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