The last laugh is never an easy one to get in Geoffrey Chaucer’s Canterbury Tales. This selection from Frank Ernest Hill’s modern English translation features the Reeve’s response to the Miller, whose tale he took as an insult. The Reeve shares with the other pilgrims his bawdy saga of two students who take advantage of the hospitality of a miller planning to cheat them. Veteran of stage, film, and television, John Rowe, who is also a long-time member of the BBC Radio Drama Company, performs the story with an artful expression of both the humor and humanity that is a hallmark of Chaucer’s great work.
This is a story from the Canterbury Tales II: Modern Verse Translation collection.
Four more delightful tales from one of the most entertaining storytellers of all time. Though writing in the thirteenth century, Chaucer’s wit and observation comes down undiminished through the ages, especially in this accessible modern verse translation. The stories vary considerably from the uproarious Wife of Bath’s Tale, promoting the power of women to the sober account of patient Griselda in the Clerk’s Tale.