"O" I can't believe I've made it this far. It's the A-Z challenge, guys and "O" is for "Oswald," the Reeve/Steward in The Canterbury Tales. In the prologue before the tale, we learn Oswald is bitter about the nasty tale that the Miller told. See my posts Part 1 & Part 2 if you want a recap. It appears The Reeve used to be a carpenter and since The Miller's tale centered around the blundering carpenter named John, then Oswald swore he would tell a better tale about a Miller. According to Oswald, Millers are usually drunken cheats so straight away, we know Chaucer is about to deliver a doozy on behalf of our inebriated Miller.
396 Of Alain, and of John, who've tricked him well.
397 His wife is taken, also his daughter sweet;
398 Thus it befalls a miller who's a cheat.
399 And therefore is this proverb said with truth,
400 An evil end to evil man, forsooth.
401 The cheater shall himself well cheated be.
402 And God, Who sits on high in majesty,
403 Save all this company, both strong and frail!
404 Thus have I paid this miller with my tale.