Narrator:The Miller tells a story of a foolish carpenter. Oswald, the Reeve, being a carpenter, becomes irritated at the Miller’s story and decides to tell a story to get back at him. The Reeve says, “Now, sirs, I ask all of you not to be grieved, when I answer this Miller and to some extent make a fool of him.”
Narrator:The Reeve tells of a Miller known around the town of Trumpington for being a thief and constantly cheating people out of their money and possessions, especially those from the nearby college. The Miller was an ugly man with a chubby face, flat nose, messy hair, and large body. Despite this, he was married with two children. The Miller’s oldest daughter 20 years old at the time, was beautiful and arranged to marry a man with a noble status in the community. The second child was only a baby. The Miller was extremely protective over his wife and children. The steward at the nearby college falls ill and the Miller finds it easier to steal a lot at once. Two students from the college, John and Allan, arrive at the Miller’s in an attempt to make a fool of him and steal grain from him.
(John and Allan enter)
John: Yo Allan, you wanna hit up the mill this weekend?
Allan: Yeah yo, we gotta get the grain back for the steward!
John: Word, the Milla isn’t gonna mess with us anymore
Allan: Yeah, grab the horse and lets get outta here!
(Guys reenter to meet the Miller)
John: Hey what’s good Milla?!
Miller:Hey guys what’re you doin here?
Allan:We’re helping the Steward, he’s really sick. We came down here to get you to mill us flour. We gotta get home so do it quick.
Miller:Sure, I got you guys, but what’re you two gunna do in the meantime.
John:I’ll just stay here and watch you grind the corn.
Allan:Yeah that sounds good, I always wanted to know how to make the flour.
Miller:Alright…but it does take a long time you guys are gunna get bored. (To Himself) I’ll get them, the more they try to trick me the more grain I’ll take from them.
(Boys turn towards the backdrop while the horse is hidden)
Narrarator:The Miller snuck out the door, and released the two college boys’ horse. The Miller then came back into the house and continued his work, without the boys knowing. After a while John went to go check on their horse. He then came back to tell Allan what happened.
John:Allan! The horse is gone. We gotta go find him.
Allan:Where do you think he went?
Wife:I saw your horse go that way after the other wild horses, whoever tied him down obviously didn’t do that well of a job.
John:Allan! You idiot, why didn’t you tie him tighter?!
Nararator:The students left to chase their horse down. When the Miller saw that they left he stole half a bushel of their flour. They continued to chase their horse, but they couldn’t catch him until night.
John:This sucks! Our corn is gone, and along with that they’re gunna ridicule us at school.
Nararator:The boys returned to the mill, where the Miller was sitting at the fire place because it was night.
Allan:Hey Milla, it’s late can we stay here for the night?
Miller:Sure, but you’re gunna have to pay.
(Hand money to Miller)
John:This is all the cash we have, is that good enough?
Miller:Yea, that’s good. Since my house isn’t that big you guys will have to figure out a way to make yourselves comfortable.
John:Thanks a lot Milla, you’re a good guy.
Nararator:The Miller sent his daughter into town to buy some groceries. While she was gone, the house was set with three beds. One bed for the Miller and his wife, another for the two boys, and the last for the daughter. At the end of the Miller’s bed was their baby’s cradle. The group ate, drank, and were together all night until everyone fell asleep, except the two boys.
(Miller starts snoring)
Allan:Hey man, I can’t...