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Maggie "Ers" actually translates as "ass" in that passage from The Miller's Tale, not "ear." This is especially important because it makes Absalom's humiliation so complete: earlier in the story he was described as very squeamish about that whole area of human anatomy. Furthermore, since he is kissing her butt, that's why he feels a 'berd' (beard) where there ought not to be one ('berd' also has a double meaning: besides the obvious, it also means a sort of practical joke or deception, the kind that Absalom is experiencing when he thinks he is kissing Alison's mouth).

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