And evere he rood the hyndreste of oure route.
The Miller leads the group of pilgrims out of town, and the Reeve is at the end of the line: these two men do not like each other. The Reeve is a carpenter, and later he is riled up by the Miller’s story about a cuckolded carpenter. The Miller, with his “thombe of gold,” has probably cheated the Reeve when weighing his corn.
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