The manuscript's scribe has been tentatively identified as Adam Pinkhurst , a man employed by Chaucer himself, but this attribution hasn't gained universal acceptance. The same scribe appears to have been responsible for writing the Hengwrt Manuscript of the Tales , now considered the earliest, most authoritative, and closest to Chaucer's holograph . This would additionally imply, however, that the revisions seen in the Ellesmere manuscript would have been carried out by someone who had worked with Chaucer, knew his intentions for the Tales , and had access to draught materials.
That same night, Absolon comes and begs Alisoun to kiss him. At first she refuses him, but she finally agrees. Instead of presenting her lips to Absolon's, though, she sticks her backside out the bedroom's "shot-window" (privy vent), and Absolon kisses her "ers" in the dark. Angry at being fooled, Absolon gets a red-hot coulter from the smith with which he intends to burn Alisoun. When he returns, though, Nicholas sticks his backside out to get in on the joke and farts in Absolon's face. Absolon thrusts the coulter "amidst the ers" of Nicholas who cries out for "Water!" to assuage the pain.