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From The Miller's Tale, lines 79-112:
John the carpenter and his lodger Nicolas
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From The Canterbury Tales:
The Miller's Tale
lines 113-124: The carpenter's marriage

      This carpenter hadde newe a wyf,
Which that he lovede moore than his lyf;
115Of eighteteene yeer she was of age.
Jalous he was, and heeld hire narwe in cage,
For she was wylde and yong, and he was old,
And demed hymself, been lik a cokewold.
He knew nat Catoun, for his wit was rude,
120That bad man sholde wedde his simylitude.
Men sholde wedden after hire estaat,
For youth and elde is often at debaat.
But sith that he was fallen in the snare,
Her moste endure, as oother folk, his care.
      This carpenter had recently married a wife
Whom he loved more than he loved his life;
115And she had become eighteen years of age.
Jealous he was and held her close in cage.
For she was wild and young, and he was old,
And deemed himself as like to be cuckold.
He knew not Cato, for his lore was rude:
120That vulgar man should wed similitude.
A man should wed according to estate,
For youth and age are often in debate.
But now, since he had fallen in the snare,
He must endure, like other folk, his care.

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From The Miller's Tale, lines 125-162:
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