The Canterbury Tales


Geoffrey Chaucer

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Alison Character Analysis

Alison is the beautiful, flirtatious young wife of the carpenter. When Nicholas woos her, she thinks nothing of her marital obligations and has no guilt at having an affair with the dashing young scholar. She is also somewhat temperamental: even though she sings sweetly to Nicholas, she harshly rebuffs Absolon’s advances.

Alison Quotes in The Canterbury Tales

The The Canterbury Tales quotes below are all either spoken by Alison or refer to Alison. 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:
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The Miller’s Tale Quotes

Thus swyved was this carpenteris wyf,
For al his kepyng and his jalousye,
And Absolon hath kist hir nether ye,
And Nicholas is scalded in the towte.
This tale is doon, and God save al the rowte!

Related Characters: The Miller (speaker), The carpenter, Nicholas, Alison, Absolon
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Alison Character Timeline in The Canterbury Tales

The timeline below shows where the character Alison appears in The Canterbury Tales. The colored dots and icons indicate which themes are associated with that appearance.
The Miller’s Tale
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...and licorice to sweeten his breath, and at the first cock’s crow, he knocks on Alison’s window and begs for a kiss. She rebuffs him, saying that she loves another. Absolon... (full context)