Absolon is a vain parish clerk who also tries to woo Alison. Unlike the poor Nicholas, Absolon is able to shower gifts and money on Alison, yet Alison scorns his advances, and she and Nicholas trick the foolish young clerk. Absolon literally kisses Allison’s ass, and Nicholas farts in his face. However, Absolon does get his revenge on Nicholas when he brands him with a hot poker.
Absolon Quotes in The Canterbury Tales
The The Canterbury Tales quotes below are all either spoken by Absolon or refer to Absolon. For each quote, you can also see the other characters and themes related to it (each theme is indicated by its own dot and icon, like this one:).
The Miller’s Tale Quotes
Absolon Character Timeline in The Canterbury Tales
The timeline below shows where the character Absolon appears in The Canterbury Tales. The colored dots and icons indicate which themes are associated with that appearance.
The Miller’s Tale
...astrology and can also sing well. The carpenter is very jealous of his eighteen-year-old wife, Alison, who is pretty and flirtatious: the Miller describes her as a frisky young flower. (full context)
...up the tale: the carpenter’s wife has been “swyved” by Nicholas, despite the carpenter’s jealousy; Absolon has kissed her lower regions; and Nicholas has been scalded in the buttocks. “God save... (full context)