Compare your translations with the glossed text:3855 Whan folk hadde laughen at this nyce casBack to Lesson 9 | Or use the back button on your browser to return to the previous page.
nyce cas: foolish business
3863 He gan to grucche, and blamed it a lite.
3866 If that me liste speke of ribaudye.
ribaudye: ribaldry, coarse jesting
3871 But if I fare as dooth an open-ers --
open-ers: fruit of the medlar
3878 To have an hoor heed and a grene tayl,
3884 Avauntyng, liyng, anger, coveitise;
Avauntyng: boasting coveitise: greed, avarice
3885 Thise foure sparkles longen unto eelde.
eelde: old age
3892 Deeth drough the tappe of lyf and leet it gon,
drough the tappe: drew the tap, turned on the spigot
3901 He seide, "What amounteth al this wit?
What does all this wisdom amount to?
3912 For leveful is with force force of-showve.
For it is permitted (leveful) to repel (of-showve) force with force
3918 I pray to God his nekke mote to-breke;
to-breke: break in pieces
3923 Upon the whiche brook ther stant a melle;
stant (= stondith), stands melle: mill
3931 A joly poppere baar he in his pouche;
poppere: small dagger pouche: pocket
3936 He was a market-betere atte fulle.
market-betere: bully, quarrelsome swaggerer
3941 His name was hoote deynous Symkyn.
hoote: called deynous: haughty
3949 To saven his estaat of yomanrye.
To maintain his state of free (rather than servile) birth
3958 That with hire dorste rage or ones pleye,
3964 She was as digne as water in a dich,
as digne as water in a dich: as haughty as ditchwater
3967 What for hire kynrede and hir nortelrie
kynrede: lineage nortelrie: nurture, education
3972 In cradel it lay and was a propre page.
3981 His purpos was for to bistowe hire hye
3992 And on a day it happed, in a stounde,
in a stounde: at a time, once
3999 For which the wardeyn chidde and made fare.
wardeyn: master of the college chidde and made fare: chided and made a fuss
4000 But therof sette the millere nat a tare
tare: weed (i.e., nothing)
4005 And, oonly for hire myrthe and revelrye,
revelrye: pleasure, delight
4020 John knew the wey -- hem nedede no gyde --
hem nedede: they needed
Score 4 points for each correct answer; if you made an 80 or more go on to continue your reading; if you scored 76 or less, go back and again read carefully through this part (lines I.3855-4045) of the The Reeve's Prologue and Tale, paying close attention to meaning and availing yourself of the page glosses, the explanatory notes, and the glossary.