Chaucer, jokes, realistic narrative
The tantalizing obliquity E. M. W. Tillyard observes in the Miller's Tale cannot be avoided if we look beyond the popular humor and artistry of the structured plot. It is difficult to accept the Miller's joke as merely Chaucer's joke, especially when Chaucer includes frequent and indeed ambiguous references to "Goddes pryvetee" and repeated remarks that seriousness and harm have been turned into a joke.
""Hevest up the Dore": Overcoming Obstacles to Meaning in Chaucer's Miller's Tale,"
Quidditas: Vol. 9
, Article 3.
Available at: https://scholarsarchive.byu.edu/rmmra/vol9/iss1/3