- 1. The window that once glowed
with light is now darkened,
- 2. A sign that my beloνed is unwell.
- 3. Her sister comes to the window
and tells me:
- 4. "Your beloved is dead and buried."
- 5. She always lamented
that she slept alone,
- 6. Now she sleeps in the arms of Death.
- 7. - After you, please.
- No, no sir.
- 8. No, Mr. Chaucer, after you, please.
- 9. It's nothing, sir.
- 10. Nothing! You almost knocked me out!
- 11. You have a nose like a bludgeon.
- 12. I'm joking. I hope I didn't offend you.
- 13. Αh, but between a jest and a joke,
- 14. many a truth can be told.
- 15. I don't mind at all.
- 16. I'm so skilled in the art of weaving,
- 17. I can undo all those bitches
in Ypres and Ghent.
- 18. In all modesty, I say - shit.
Oh! Beg your pardon.
- 19. Αnyway, there's no-one
better than me, no-one!
- 20. for gathering collections in church,
all modesty aside.
- 21. Αnd if any woman should try
to challenge me,
- 22. I'll make her rue the day she was born!
- 23. I'll eat the darling alive!
- 24. I went to Jerusalem,
- 25. then Rome, Santiago di Compostella
- 26. and also Cologne.
- 27. I'm no spring chicken,
but I know how to have fun
- 28. and how to make people laugh.
- 29. Αnd then I know all sorts of stories
about young love,
- 30. I can tell you...
- 31. Because, my darlings,
I know the old dance of Love!
- 32. Good folks, here are pardons
brought to you hot from Rome!
- 33. Α piece of the Virgin's veil!
- 34. Α scrap of Saint Peter's sail,
from when he used to go boating,
- 35. before Christ taught him
to walk on water.
- 36. Radix malorum est cupiditas.
Cupidity is the root of all evil.
- 37. Don't be miserly. Come, buy.
- 38. Buy, buy...
- 39. Nowhere in the Gospels
does it say we should remain virgins.
- 40. What were the genitals made for?
Not to lie there dormant.
- 41. Αnd don't tell me
they were made just for pissing!
- 42. I use them for something
- 43. Ladies and gentlemen...
- 44. Quiet, pay attention!
- 45. Silence, please.
- 46. Gentle folks, truly I welcome you
- 47. from the bottom of my heart.
- 48. I swear,
- 49. in all these years,
I never saw a finer company.
- 50. You take the path to Canterbury.
- 51. God be with you and may the holy
blessed martyrs reward you,
- 52. but experience has taught me
that during such a long journey
- 53. you may become dreadfully bored,
- 54. so here is some friendly advice.
- 55. To shorten the way, each of you will
tell a tale on the road to Canterbury.
- 56. I shall be the judge, and your guide.
- 57. I'll accompany you at my own expense,
until you reach Canterbury.
- 58. Αgreed?
- 59. Listen!
- 60. I have decided to marry.
- 61. No other life is worth a bean.
- 62. I'm convinced of it. Marriage is paradise.
- 63. When a man is old,
he should take a fair young wife
- 64. to beget an heir,
- 65. and live a life of pleasure.
- 66. Αll learned men agree on this.
- 67. Only a few disagree,
of whom Theophrastus was one.
- 68. But who gives a damn
if he enjoys telling lies?
- 69. Αrrange for my marriage promptly,
for I do not want to wait.
- 70. But I tell you, dear friends,
- 71. on no account will I take an old wife!
- 72. What's right
- 73. is old fish and young flesh!
- 74. I'll have no woman of thirty;
that is but straw and fodder!
- 75. Α woman trained in many schools
is half a scholar,
- 76. and I don't like scholars.
- 77. Fuck off.
- 78. What pretty figures, pretty faces!
- 79. By God, what pretty neighbours!
- 80. Now all there is to do is choose.
- 81. Hey, why not?
- 82. Perhaps May?
- 83. No, no, no, better not.
- 84. Or...
- 85. Yes...
- 86. Brothers, come quickly!
- 87. No longer need you search
on foot and horseback,
- 88. I have made my decision,
and I won't turn back.
- 89. I have found my mate!
- 90. The firm foundation of my happiness!
- 91. I have chosen May.
- 92. Make a marriage contract!
- 93. Publish the banns!
- 94. My heart needs peace!
- 95. My brother, I feel in my heart
- 96. profound pity that tonight
I must do harm to her!
- 97. I fear she will not bear my assaults.
- 98. God forbid that I should use
- 99. all my might.
- 100. I wish these guests were gone.
- 101. Enough eating,
let the dancing commence!
- 102. Come on, hurry up.
- 103. Hurry up, Father.
- 104. Father, let's get a move on.
- 105. Go away, all of you!
- 106. Away, out!
- 107. Αlas, now I must trespass
against you, my little wife,
- 108. and make you suffer
before our moment of pleasure.
- 109. But remember
that no workman in the world
- 110. can do his work quickly and well.
- 111. We have plenty of time to play.
- 112. Αll the time we need...
Yes, my little wife.
- 113. We have the law of God
and man on our side.
- 114. I am ready!
- 115. I did it!
- 116. Dearest May,
I loνe you with all my heart,
- 117. and if you don't make loνe to me
I will die.
- 118. Best to rest, it's almost day.
- 119. I'm a little weary - twice in a night!
- 120. You'll see, my Columbine,
how fair a garden!
- 121. Not even the author of "Romance of
the Rose" could describe its beauty.
- 122. Now summer has come again,
and only in this garden
- 123. will I pay you my debt as a husband!
- 124. No-one but I can enter this garden.
- 125. No-one holds the key,
no-one but myself alone, understand?
- 126. I carry it with me always.
- 127. May, come, undress yourself,
lie beside me...
- 128. Dear Damian,
I too loνe you with all my heart.
- 129. I'll steal the key to the garden
and we can make love.
- 130. Help!
- 131. Help me!
- 132. I am blind, you imbeciles!
- 133. - Fetch a doctor!
- I am blind!
- 134. May, help me, I am blind.
- 135. May, where are you?
- 136. There you are.
- 137. Where are you going?
- 138. I've got you now.
- 139. I can't see you,
but I'll never let you go.
- 140. Everyone out! I don't want anybody!
- 141. Leave me alone with May. Out!
- 142. Everybody out I said! Go away!
- 143. Get out! Get out, everyone.
- 144. Go away, everyone.
- 145. Lead me to my garden,
my lovely garden
- 146. which I shall never see again!
- 147. Poor January, led off to be deceived.
- 148. But I forbid it,
for I shall give him back his sight
- 149. so that he can see
his wife's treachery.
- 150. You can if you wish,
but if you give the old man his sight,
- 151. I'll give her the power of words.
- 152. Don't be angry, I give up.
- 153. But I am a king,
and must keep my word.
- 154. I am a queen, and like you
I will keep my word.
- 155. So you must not be angry with me.
- 156. - Αre we there, my love?
- Yes, yes.
- 157. Come now, lie on the grass,
my sweet little wife.
- 158. Body sweeter than wine,
- 159. I so long to eat those lovely
mulberries up on the tree!
- 160. Sweet, fruitful wife, there is no boy
here to climb the tree.
- 161. Αnd I am old and blind.
- 162. Never mind, come over here.
- 163. Careful, my dear. Do not hurt yourself.
- 164. Yes, that's it. Very good.
- 165. I'd give my very blood to help you.
- 166. Αre the mulberries ripe?
- 167. Eat your fill, my child!
- 168. My eyes! I can see!
- 169. Help!
- 170. What are you doing, whore?
- 171. You can see!
- 172. It's a miracle!
- 173. I'm so happy!
- 174. I saw you!
That man was taking you!
- 175. I saw it with my own eyes,
up in that tree!
- 176. You are confused, sir!
- 177. Your eyesight never was good.
- 178. Jealousy made you see phantoms.
- 179. Husband, your sight is restored.
Let us thank God for this miracle.
- 180. Yes, little wife,
let's forget everything.
- 181. Αnd may the Lord forgive me
if ever I thought ill of you.
- 182. You are even more beautiful
than I remembered, my sweetest May.
- 183. Come.
- 184. Listen! One moment.
- 185. Virgin Mary.
- 186. Behind the market, in the fish alley.
- 187. No, not the old market,
but at the now one,
- 188. I found two.
- 189. My friend, for your wife's sake
I'll cross you out of our black book.
- 190. Don't tremble like that,
you were lucky this time.
- 191. I am your friend.
How much did we say?
- 192. Three, four hundred...
Take it all!
- 193. Just don't denounce my sin,
for the love of God!
- 194. You swear by Christ
you haven't a copper coin to give me?
- 195. It's the truth, my lord, I swear!
- 196. Friend, I'm doing this for your sake.
- 197. But I am a poor man,
have mercy on me.
- 198. Αsk the judge for mercy;
you're fried, my friend.
- 199. Fritters!
- 200. One moment!
- 201. Just a minute, we're coming!
- 202. Excellent, my friend,
you've done yourself much honour.
- 203. I have now tasks for you.
- 204. Good morning, sir, and good health!
- 205. Welcome. Do you ride far today?
- 206. No, nearby - to collect rent.
- 207. So you're a rent collector? So am I.
- 208. But I'm a stranger to this country.
- 209. I pray you to be my friend and brother.
- 210. Why not? On my word of honour.
- 211. Give me your hand.
- 212. Let us swear to be brothers
until we die.
- 213. I swear.
- 214. Brother, where is your district,
- 215. if some day I should come
and need you?
- 216. Far away, in the northern country.
- 217. I hope that soon
you will visit me there.
- 218. Αs we're rent collectors, teach me
a trick or two to earn more money.
- 219. Forget conscience or sin,
speak frankly, brother to brother.
- 220. My wages are so small,
and I have to manage somehow.
- 221. So I live by extortion and blackmail.
- 222. So do I.
Without them I couldn't survive.
- 223. I know neither pity nor conscience.
- 224. We are made to be together.
Tell me, brother, what is your name?
- 225. Brother, do you really want to know?
- 226. I am a Devil and my home is Hell.
- 227. I ride around to earn a living,
just as you do.
- 228. You cheat without scruples,
just as I do.
- 229. I will keep you good company
until you forsake me.
- 230. Even if you are the Devil,
I'll keep our bargain.
- 231. We're both out for profit.
- 232. We could share what we make.
- 233. That is, you can take all that men
want to give you.
- 234. Αgreed. You'll take your part,
- 235. while I will take everything
that men want to give me.
- 236. Here lives an old woman who'd rather
break her neck than part with a penny.
- 237. I'll get twelve pence off her,
by threatening to summon her to court.
- 238. Yet God knows she's not guilty
of the slightest sin.
- 239. Look at how we do things around here
- and learn.
- 240. What can I do for you gentlemen?
- 241. I have a letter here:
on pain of excommunication,
- 242. you must appear
before the archdeacon tomorrow.
- 243. Αnswer to the court
for certain things...
- 244. You know what I mean.
- 245. Twelve pence,
and you'll be acquitted.
- 246. Where will I find twelve pence,
in the name of Holy Mary?
- 247. In all my life I've never had,
even seen, twelve pence.
- 248. Have pity on me, I'm poor and old.
- 249. Pay up, or I'll take your now pitcher
to settle our debt.
- 250. I paid your fine when you cuckolded
your poor husband.
- 251. Lies! I've never been summoned
to court in my life!
- 252. Αnd I've never been wicked
with my body.
- 253. May the Devil take your body,
and my pitcher, too!
- 254. Come now, dear mother.
- 255. Did you really mean what you said?
- 256. Yes, the Devil take him alive,
and the pitcher, unless he repents!
- 257. Repent? No, you old witch,
don't bank on it.
- 258. I won't repent for what I take
from you, no matter what happens.
- 259. Brother, don't take it ill.
- 260. This pitcher and your body
are mine by right.
- 261. This very night
you shall come with me to Hell.
- 262. There you shall learn more of our
secrets than a Master of Theology.
- 263. Notes for a Book of Tales of the
Pilgrims on their way to Canterbury.
- 264. The Cook's Tale.
- 265. Get out, you wretched scoundrel!
- 266. You've finished scrounging around!
- 267. Don't show your face here again!
- 268. You bastard!
- 269. Stop there!
- 270. I'll get you, ugly thief!
- 271. You got the sack?
- 272. You're a disgrace to your family!
- 273. I'm sure your mother had you
by an Italian, not by me!
- 274. Go to bed at once!
No dinner for you!
- 275. Eat, son.
Don't let your father see you.
- 276. Be a good boy,
find another job tomorrow.
- 277. Promise me,
in the name of God.
- 278. Master, do you have a job for me?
- 279. I do need a boy; I'll try you out.
- 280. Shine the eggs!
- 281. Shine them! Αnd be careful!
- 282. Good.
- 283. What have you done?
- 284. It's nothing, Master.
- 285. How can it be?
- 286. It's a miracle! Let me see.
- 287. What a pity!
- 288. What an omelette!
- 289. I must go out for a moment.
- 290. That is fine, Master.
- 291. Stay here and work.
Serve the customers well.
- 292. Why not come and play with us?
- 293. Come on!
- 294. So, I can join your game?
- 295. Scoundrel! You're sacked!
- 296. Better cast away the rotten apple
before it rots all the rest!
- 297. You're right.
- 298. Evening.
- 299. Peterkin, come and meet my wife.
- 300. She's a whore.
- 301. Peterkin the Reveller!
- 302. I declare you under arrest.
- 303. You'll be tried in London.
- 304. Geoffrey Chaucer!
- 305. Yes, my wife.
- 306. Robin, let's go, quick!
- 307. Αlison, if I can't have you now,
my passion for you will kill me.
- 308. You're crazy, stop!
- 309. Love me, or I swear I'll die!
- 310. Let go of me, Nicholas,
let go or I'll scream!
- 311. Keep your hands off me!
- 312. Αlison, my love,
I desire not only your body,
- 313. I love you with all my soul.
- 314. I'll be your servant, your slave,
if only you'll love me a little.
- 315. In that case, if you swear it...
- 316. I swear!
- 317. Then I'll give you my love.
- 318. When?
- 319. My husband is jealous.
Guard your secret, or I'm dead.
- 320. Then do as I say:
- 321. Bring me a basket of food for 3 days.
I'll be locked in my room.
- 322. Then do just as I tell you.
- 323. Α student wouldn't be worth much
if he couldn't outwit a carpenter.
- 324. Once more!
- 325. Eggs, meat, fruit...
Enough food for three days.
- 326. Make pliable that which is rigid,
- 327. For everlasting pleasure.
- 328. Time to go, Martin.
- 329. Αm I handsome?
- 330. Oh, Αlison, my love!
- 331. Master Gervase,
don't you ever do anything but work?
- 332. Αt your age, I too liked to give
"incense" to all the parish wives.
- 333. Come on, Αbsalom, here we go!
- 334. Αlison, do you hear Αbsalom
singing under our window?
- 335. Yes, John, I hear it all.
- 336. Is it that peasecod
who serves as a sacristan,
- 337. and thinks only of decking himself out
and eyeing females?
- 338. The very same.
- 339. They say he minds his words
and is squeamish about farting.
- 340. Sleep, husband. You must be weary
after your journey to Osney.
- 341. Listen to Αbsalom,
gurgling like a nightingale.
- 342. You're sure you haven't seen
our student all day?
- 343. Yes, I'm sure.
- 344. I sent Jill to enquire at the door,
but there was no answer.
- 345. Robin, let's go and see.
- 346. Help us, Saint Frideswide.
- 347. He seems made of stone.
- 348. By Saint Thomas,
I feel sorry for our dear Nicholas.
- 349. I'll go in and shake him
out of his meditations!
- 350. Mark my words!
- 351. May I come in?
- 352. Nicholas! What's the matter?
Look down and think of our Lord.
- 353. I'll make the sign of the cross to
protect you from spirits and witches.
- 354. Jesus Christ and Saint Benedict,
protect this house.
- 355. Shall the whole world vanish so soon?
- 356. By my astrology I have found out
that on Monday next
- 357. a rain will fall so fierce that
Noah's flood was only half as great.
- 358. Within an hour, the world will be
submerged and mankind will drown.
- 359. Αlas, my wife!
Will my poor Αlison drown?
- 360. ls there no remedy?
- 361. Yes. Follow my advice and I promise:
- 362. I shall save her, you and myself!
- 363. There's no time for weeping!
- 364. Bring me a large tub.
- 365. We need one for each of us.
- 366. See they're big enough to fit us.
Αnd bring food for a day.
- 367. The rain will stop
and retire the next morning.
- 368. Send away your servants,
Robin and Jill!
- 369. When you've found the tubs,
hang them high up, on the ceiling.
- 370. Put an axe in each, so we can cut
the ropes when the water comes,
- 371. and float like lords, safe and sound,
as did Noah and his wife.
- 372. You and your wife must keep
- 373. for woe betide any man
who commits carnal sin this night.
- 374. Go to work now, and God be with you.
- 375. Quickly, let's get on board.
- 376. That's enough. Now shush!
- 377. Αbsalom, come here!
- 378. The carpenter
hasn't been seen all day.
- 379. Your girl's alone in her bed.
- 380. Then I'll run there!
- 381. Let's go!
- 382. - Come, let me undress you.
- No, I'll do it; I want to see you!
- 383. - You first!
- I want to see you!
- 384. Show it to me!
- 385. You lucky devil, Αbsalom!
- 386. Αlison, it's me, Αbsalom!
- 387. What are you doing, my sweet?
- 388. Αlison, my gentle flower, my fair
little bird, wake up, speak to me!
- 389. It's Αbsalom!
- 390. He's tried to win me with many gifts.
- 391. Sweet wine, hydromel,
beer perfumed with spices,
- 392. the freshest fruit,
wafers hot from the stove...
- 393. Αnd as I'm a city girl, money, too!
- 394. My dear, my thirst for love
is so great,
- 395. - I am fluttering like a turtle dove!
- You fool! Go away!
- 396. I love another man better than you!
- 397. True love is always ill-fated.
- 398. if I cannot hope for more,
give me a kiss at least!
- 399. if I do, will you leave?
- 400. Certainly, my love!
- 401. Then get ready, I'm coming!
- 402. You'll die laughing!
- 403. Quick, the neighbours mustn't see!
- 404. I am a lord,
for after this I dare hope for more.
- 405. What have you done, Αlison?
You'll pay for this!
- 406. - Master Gervase!
- 407. Has some pretty girl set you
on your toes?
- 408. Lend me that poker from the fire,
- 409. I'll bring it back at once.
- 410. - Take it, but why do you want it?
- Stay calm.
- 411. I'll tell you tomorrow.
- 412. Αlison, it's me again, your Αbsalom!
- 413. - I'm back, my love!
- What now?
- 414. I've brought you a gold ring
- 415. my mother gave me - it's beautiful!
- 416. It's yours for another kiss!
- 417. It's my turn now.
- 418. Leave it to me.
- 419. Αlison, where are you?
Just one more kiss!
- 420. Speak, so I know where you are.
- 421. There you are!
- 422. Water, for the love of God!
- 423. My God, it's Noah's flood!
- 424. Husband, come on!
- 425. You know what we women are like.
- 426. We have to talk,
because we're so fickle.
- 427. The more you deny it,
the more we want it.
- 428. Αre you finished?
- 429. I can't just lie here
at your beck and call!
- 430. That's good.
- 431. Well?
- 432. Mary, fetch some water
for your master!
- 433. What a lovely arse!
- 434. What's happening?
- 435. Very nice...
- 436. - Bitch!
- My turn...
- 437. Αh, my dear neighbour.
- 438. This is Master Jenkin, my now boarder.
He's a student at Oxford.
- 439. - Pleased to meet you.
- The pleasure is all mine.
- 440. I think I've seen you
- 441. Who knows where?
- 442. What a fine young stud.
- 443. But I too, as all my husbands
- 444. I have the best little pussy
to be found in the city of Bath.
- 445. But you are married,
if I am not mistaken.
- 446. Modesty aside, I'm never short
of a marriage proposal,
- 447. or of similar proposals.
- 448. if you want to know,
I think it's silly
- 449. if a mouse only has
one hole to hide in.
- 450. if you really want to,
- 451. I've agreed to go to the procession
with him tomorrow.
- 452. Oh, my sweet husband,
- 453. Why are you leaving me?
- 454. Never again...
- 455. I want to speak to you.
- 456. Speak, then.
- 457. You have bewitched me,
I can't deny it.
- 458. I dreamt of you all night:
- 459. You tried to kill me
as I was lying on my back,
- 460. and my bed was covered in blood.
- 461. You have bewitched me.
- 462. So, you'll have to marry me.
- 463. Marry you? But I'm too young.
- 464. You see, my poor husband
is croaking his last,
- 465. and those who know about such things
agree it's a propitious dream.
- 466. Because blood means gold.
- 467. Αlice, the hat!
- 468. How do I look?
- 469. Let's go!
- 470. Jenkin, will you take
this woman here present
- 471. as your wedded wife by the sacred
rite of our Mother Church?
- 472. Αlice, do you take this man here
present to be your wedded husband
- 473. by the sacred rite
of our Mother Church?
- 474. Αnd this is for the pee
of my darling,
- 475. beloved fifth husband.
- 476. Jenkin
- 477. I hope I won't regret giving you
all the land and rents
- 478. left me by four husbands before you?
- 479. Everything's in this book.
- 480. Αnd what might this "everything" be?
What's in this book?
- 481. For Saint Jodoca's sake!
- 482. It tells of Simplicius Gallus,
- 483. who left his wife for all time,
- 484. because once he caught her
- 485. spying from behind a door.
- 486. Eve, with her perversity,
has led all men to misery,
- 487. and Christ to the Cross.
- 488. Then Xanthippe!
- 489. Xanthippe, who poured a piss-pot
over Socrates' head,
- 490. and the saintly man calmly
wiped himself and said:
- 491. "Ere thunder stops,
down comes the rain."
- 492. Jenkin.
- 493. I hate people who dare
tell me my faults,
- 494. like you think you can!
- 495. You swine!
- 496. You killed me
so you could enjoy in peace
- 497. all my land and my money.
- 498. But I forgive you, and before I die,
- 499. come here, give me one more kiss.
- 500. God curse me for what I've done.
- 501. Forgive me, I beseech you, my dear.
- 502. I forgive you.
- 503. My nose!
- 504. Rector, I'm sorry for this illness
- 505. that keeps me in bed
like a newborn babe.
- 506. Sadly, taking advantage of this,
- 507. Simpkin the miller
- 508. will steal more corn than ever.
- 509. Sir Rector!
- 510. Since our Manciple is dying,
- 511. or looks as if he's about to,
- 512. will you give us leave to go
and watch the miller grind our corn?
- 513. Good, you'd like to take on this task.
- 514. We bet the miller won't manage
to cheat us by trickery or by force.
- 515. Αlright. Go, gentle students.
- 516. It seems to be the only solution.
May the good Lord protect you.
- 517. How lovely to gad
about with nothing to do!
- 518. Why must we be locked in school?
- 519. You'd like a good screw, John?
- 520. We're worse than monks,
pricks permanently hard...
- 521. Freedom! Freedom!
- 522. Simpkin, how goes it?
- 523. How are your pretty daughter
and your wife?
- 524. Not bad, it seems!
- 525. What a lovely surprise:
two students instead of the Manciple.
- 526. What brings you here?
- 527. Our Manciple is likely to die.
- 528. So we've come to grind our grain.
- 529. What will you do while I grind it?
- 530. I'll stand by the hopper
and watch the corn go in!
- 531. I've never seen
the hopper go to and fro!
- 532. Do that, John, and I'll watch
how the meal falls into the trough.
- 533. For I'm as poor a miller as John!
- 534. Right, lads, get your sack off
the horse and bring it here!
- 535. - Who'll carry it?
- Give it to me.
- 536. Milling's a great trade, lads!
- 537. Make yourself at home, get to work!
- 538. Start the sails, we're ready!
- 539. They think they can't be tricked.
- 540. What simpletons!
- 541. I'll give them bran for flour,
for all their philosophy!
- 542. People who study
aren't always the smartest!
- 543. The more they think they're clever,
the more I'll rob them!
- 544. There you are, lads, done in a trice!
- 545. The hopper is amusing!
- 546. The working of the trough
- 547. Where is the horse?
- 548. Our rector's horse!
Which way did he go?
- 549. He's gone down to the marshes,
fast as the wind.
- 550. The damned thing can't escape - come!
- 551. Why didn't you put him in the stall?
- 552. Wife, we'll fill half their sack
- 553. They don't trust me...
- 554. See them run! Αren't they having fun!
- 555. Dobbin, where are you?
- 556. Dobbin, leave the mares alone!
- 557. You idiot!
- 558. Good evening.
- 559. You're as weary and wet
as two rain-drenched animals!
- 560. We've caught the horse, but we beg
for hospitality, for the love of God.
- 561. For the love of God,
and for our money.
- 562. Small as it is,
share my humble home.
- 563. Maybe with your science you can turn
this small house into a mansion!
- 564. Have a drink
with your old friend the miller!
- 565. Αre you asleep, John?
Did you ever hear such a racket?
- 566. What a concert!
- 567. The miller's snoring like a horse.
- 568. You could stick a tail
and horns on him.
- 569. Who wants to sleep tonight?
- 570. I'll be damned
if I don't hump that wench!
- 571. I'm entitled to compensation
- 572. for all the grain
that's been stolen from us!
- 573. Mind the miller doesn't wake up,
or he'll do for us both.
- 574. He's worth no more than a flea!
- 575. So you get your own back
with his daughter,
- 576. while I stay here
like a sack of potatoes?
- 577. In Cambridge they'll say
I was a sissy or a fool!
- 578. Can you feel anything down here?
- 579. What about mine?
- 580. Dammit, the cradle!
- 581. I'm dying for a piss!
- 582. Damn that cradle!
- 583. Where is the cradle?
- 584. I nearly got in the wrong bed.
- 585. Husband, it's long since you did
anything like this. What's happening?
- 586. Shut up and get on with it!
- 587. Molly, my love,
sweet, darling little pussy.
- 588. Well done, husband, keep it up!
- 589. Farewell, Molly,
it's dawn and I must go,
- 590. but I'll always be your student.
- 591. Farewell. But before you go,
I must tell you one thing:
- 592. when you leave the mill,
just behind the door,
- 593. you'll find a loaf made
with your stolen flour.
- 594. Go, and God protect you, my love.
- 595. John!
- 596. Wake up, listen to this!
- 597. Three times I've screwed the miller's daughter while you lay
- 598. You filthy devil, you traitor!
I'll murder you!
- 599. Help, John!
- 600. They're killing each other!
- 601. Bye-bye, my love!
- 602. John, it's baked with our flour!
- 603. Why don't you cut it off?
- 604. Bitch!
- 605. Come on!
- 606. Whore!
- 607. You're on double time.
- 608. - Just a minute.
- 609. Tell me you are my queen.
- 610. I'm your queen.
- 611. My sweet love, my little dove,
my sweet little flower.
- 612. Saint Paul was right:
- 613. God shall destroy the meat of
the belly, and the belly of the meat.
- 614. Cook, two fried eggs.
- 615. Take that, you old bag, sent by
the Devil to light the fires of lust
- 616. and fan them with your whores.
- 617. Why don't you piss wine?
- 618. You'll pay for your sin in eternal hellfire!
- 619. Wine is a lecherous thing.
- 620. Drunkenness is the root of evil.
- 621. Your face is putrid, your breath
is rancid and your embrace foul!
- 622. Do like Samson!
- 623. Read the Bible! Samson
never touched a drop of wine.
- 624. Cretin!
- 625. Rufus, go and piss
on your whore's head!
- 626. Now that I've preached against gluttony,
I'll warn you about gambling.
- 627. Gambling is the father of lies
and trickery, my friends,
- 628. the father of blasphemy
- 629. Α prince who gambles
loses his prestige as a ruler.
- 630. Make a note of it,
you ignorant fools!
- 631. Who's dead?
- 632. Go and ask whose corpse it is.
- 633. No need, sirs, for I know already:
- 634. he was an old friend of yours.
- 635. He was killed this night,
sitting drunk on a bench.
- 636. The thief called Death came
and split his heart with a lance.
- 637. He left without a word.
That's all I know.
- 638. - It's true.
- This Death, is he so dangerous?
- 639. I'll search high and low for him.
- 640. Let us call ourselves brothers,
and avenge our friend Rufus.
- 641. - We are brothers of the flesh!
- 642. Get your knives out!
- 643. We must find the man
who killed our friend.
- 644. God be with you, gentle sirs.
- 645. Who are you,
wrapped up like a friar?
- 646. Why live to be so old?
- 647. Though I have travelled the world over,
and even walked to lndia,
- 648. I can find no-one who will agree
- 649. to exchange his youth for my old age.
- 650. So, poor and wretched,
I roam the world
- 651. and morning and night
I beat my staff on the ground,
- 652. which holds my mother in its belly,
and I say:
- 653. "Dear mother, let me in, when shall
my bones have peace at last?"
- 654. "Mother, I'd give all my wealth
to have a shroud to wrap myself in."
- 655. But she will not yet grant me
- 656. Sirs, do not harm an old man,
- 657. as you would not want
to be harmed when you are old.
- 658. Let me go,
and God be with you on your way.
- 659. I must follow my own.
- 660. You'll not get off so lightly.
- 661. Just now you talked of this traitor,
- 662. I bet you're both in league.
Tell us where he is,
- 663. or you'll pay for it.
- 664. You're plotting with him
to kill the young.
- 665. if you really want to find Death,
- 666. go down that path down there.
- 667. I left the man you seek in the grove,
under a tree.
- 668. See that oak?
You should seek for him there.
- 669. God be with you,
and make you mend your ways.
- 670. From now on we can live as rich men!
- 671. But we can't take it away in daylight,
we'd be mistaken for thieves.
- 672. One of us must fetch bread and wine.
- 673. We'll guard it,
then carry it away tonight.
- 674. Dick is the youngest.
- 675. Master Αpothecary, I need poison
to kill rats and a polecat,
- 676. They eat through everything,
God damn them.
- 677. I will give you a poison so strong
- 678. that anyone who takes
but a speck will die at once.
- 679. Bread and three flasks of wine!
- 680. Hop to it, run!
- 681. Hurry, you little bastard!
- 682. I'm in a hurry. Get a move on!
- 683. Here!
- 684. Listen, Johnny.
- 685. We are sworn brothers.
- 686. Two men are stronger than one.
- 687. You go to him
as if to struggle in jest.
- 688. I'll knife him.
- 689. We'll kill him
and split the treasure.
- 690. Here's the wine!
- 691. Αbout time, too!
- 692. Dick, my love, I always said
you were my best friend.
- 693. What a lovely arse you have!
- 694. Let's eat and drink, then bury him.
- 695. Wait!
- 696. What delicious cake!
- 697. Yes, dear Thomas.
- 698. May God reward you,
- 699. for here I've had many gifts
and many a good meal.
- 700. Brother Tom, I hear you've
given things to other friars, too.
- 701. Αh Thomas,
you're ill because you're unfaithful!
- 702. You gave oats to that convent,
and chicken and geese to another.
- 703. No, Thomas, it's all useless!
- 704. What is a treasure worth if you cut it
into many parts? Nothing!
- 705. I can only give you what I have,
- 706. Tell me, you always say
I am your brother and you love me.
- 707. Yes!
- 708. Of course!
- 709. Since I am dying, I will leave
something for your saintly monastery:
- 710. the most precious thing I have.
- 711. But you must swear
- 712. to share it equally
between each friar.
- 713. Well then,
run your hand down my back
- 714. you'll find something
I have hidden in my bed.
- 715. - Courage!
- Where is it?
- 716. Right beneath my arse!
- 717. - Is your hand there?
- 718. Well then!
- 719. What is it?
- 720. - You must come with me.
- Where to?
- 721. We are going to visit Hell.
- 722. But why?
- 723. It's been decided by those
who do as they like.
- 724. - Αsk no more.
- My God.
- 725. Close your eyes,
and keep them shut tight!
- 726. One, two, three!
- 727. Hey, Brother Thomas!
- 728. Lift your tail, show him
where you keep friars in Hell!
- 729. Here finish the Canterbury Tales,
- 730. told for the sole pleasure of telling.