Glosses for Quiz on the Summoner's
Prologue and Tale

(Lines III.1665-2294)

Compare your translations with the glossed text:

1667 That lyk an aspen leef he quook for ire.
      quook: trembled

1738 In every hous he gan to poure and prye,
      poure and prye: pore (look intently) and peer

1750 Or yif us of youre brawn, if ye have eny;
      brawn: meat

1760 He served hem with nyfles and with fables.
      nyfles: trifles, silly stories     fables: falsehoods

1803 And hire embraceth in his armes narwe,
      narwe: closely, tightly

1814 I wolde prey yow that ye nat yow greve,
      yow greve: get angry

1821 To yelden Jhesu Crist his propre rente;
      yelden: pay

1845 My spirit hath his fostryng in the Bible.
      fostryng: nourishment

1872 Than burel folk, although they weren kynges.
      burel: lay, secular

1935 Who folweth Cristes gospel and his foore,
      foore: tracks, path (i.e., example)

1958 Youre inconstance is youre confusioun.
      confusioun: ruin

1964 A, yif that covent foure and twenty grotes!
      grotes: groats, silver coins worth four pence

1992 And, Thomas, yet eft-soones I charge thee,
      eft-soones: again    charge: command

2003 As womman is, whan she hath caught an ire;
      caught an ire: become angry

2017 "Whilom ther was an irous potestat,
      potestat: potentate

2068 And with an arwe he slow the child right there.
      slow: slew

2090 Thou shalt me fynde as just as is a squyre.
      just: true, exact     squyre: carpenter's square

2102 Hath been oure foode, our cloystre for to reyse.
      reyse: build

2159 And fette his felawe, ther as lay his stoor.
      fette: fetched     stoor: store (what he had collected)

2185 "No maister, sire," quod he, "but servitour,
      servitour: servant

2207 What shold I seye? God lat hym nevere thee!
      lat hym nevere thee: never allow him to prosper

2226 As of the soun or savour of a fart?
      savour: odor

2242 Lat hym go honge hymself a devel weye!"
      a devel weye: in the name of the Devil

2254 Withouten wynd or perturbynge of air,
      perturbynge: disturbance

2291 And heigh wit made hym speken as he spak;
      wit: intelligence

 

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 Summoner's Prologue and Tale, (III.1665-2294) paying close attention to meaning and availing yourself of the page glosses, the explanatory notes, and the glossary.

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