The foolish, gullible old carpenter is very possessive of his beautiful young wife, Alison. The carpenter criticizes Nicholas, the scholar, for looking into “Goddes pryvetee” with all of his astrological studies, but as soon as Nicholas tells the carpenter about the “vision” that he has had, the carpenter believes him, doing anything he can to save his wife and himself.
The carpenter Quotes in The Canterbury Tales
The The Canterbury Tales quotes below are all either spoken by The carpenter or refer to The carpenter. 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
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