Glosses for Quiz on the Manciple's
Prologue and Tale

(Lines IX.1-362)

Compare your translations with the glossed text:

17 Hastow had fleen al nyght, or artow dronke?
      fleen: fleas

18 Or hastow with som quene al nyght yswonke,
      quene: trollop, whore

46 And with this speche the Cook wax wrooth and wraw,
      wraw: angry

55 So unweeldy was this sory palled goost.
      unweeldy: feeble     palled: grown pale

81 That that I spak, I seyde it in my bourde.
      bourde: jest

91 To the Manciple he took the gourde agayn;
      took ... agayn: gave back

145 For hym were looth byjaped for to be,
      byjaped: tricked

161 As to destreyne a thyng which that nature
      destreyne: restrain

166 Of alle deyntees that thou kanst bithynke,
      bithynke: imagine

183 A she-wolf hath also a vileyns kynde.
      vileyns: chulish, evil

197 Deceyved was, for al his jolitee.
      jolitee: attractiveness

205 Hir lemman? Certes, this is a knavyssh speche!
      knavyssh: churlish

211 I am a boystous man, right thus seye I:
      boystous: plain

215 And a povre wenche, oother than this --
      wenche: low-class woman

228 By force of meynee for to sleen dounright,
      force of meynee: power of his retinue, size of his army

239 Anon they wroghten al hire lust volage.
      volage: flighty, foolish

252 For al thy waityng, blered is thyn ye
      blered is thyn ye: you have been tricked, deluded

258 By sadde tokenes and by wordes bolde,
      sadde tokenes: strong confirmatory details, proofs

262 This Phebus gan aweyward for to wryen,
      wryen: turn, go

278 O rakel hand, to doon so foule amys!
      rakel: rash, hasty

281 O wantrust, ful of fals suspecion,
      wantrust: distrust

298 Thus shal men on a traytour been awreke;
      awreke: avenged

305 And made hym blak, and refte hym al his song,
      refte: took away

327 But for litel speche avysely
      avysely: discreetly

343 A jangler is to God abhomynable.
      jangler: chatterer

 

Score 4 points for each correct answer; if you made an 80 or more, congratulations. If you scored 76 or less, go back and again read carefully through of The Manciple's Prologue and Tale (IX.1-362), paying close attention to meaning and availing yourself of the page glosses, the explanatory notes, and the glossary.

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