The Miller and his Tale
Ful byg he was of brawn, and eek of bones.
That proved wel, for over al ther he cam,
At wrastlynge he wolde have alwey the ram.
He was short-sholdred, brood, a thikke knarre;
Ther was no dore that he nolde heve of harre,
Or breke it at a rennyng with his heed.
His berd as any sowe or fox was reed,
And therto brood, as though it were a spade." (545-553)
The Miller tells a fabliaux about a carpenter named John, who is swindled by his wife Alisoun and their boarder, Nicholas. Alisoun and Nicholas's dalliance is complicated by another would-be lover, Absolon, who interrupts their night together. After being tricked by Alisoun, Absolon returns and takes vengeance - on Nicholas, who has tried to join Alisoun in mocking Absolon.
Chaucer, Geoffrey. The Riverside Chaucer. Ed. Larry D. Benson. 3rd ed. Boston: Houghton, 1987.