Glosses for quiz #2 of the Reeve's Tale

(Lines I.4046-4324)

Compare your translations with the glossed text:

4050 For al the sleighte in hir philosophye.
      philosophye: learning

4063 He strepeth of the brydel right anon.
      strepeth of: strips off

4071 This John goth out and fynt his hors away,
      fynt (= findeth), finds

4079 The wyf cam lepynge inward with a ren.
      with a ren: at a run, running

4096 Yet kan a millere make a clerkes berd,
      make a ... berd: outwit, fool

4100 Thise sely clerkes rennen up and doun
      Thise sely clerkes: these poor, hapless clerks

4119 Of herberwe and of ese, as for hir peny.
      herbewe: lodging ese: refreshment, food

4143 Right in the same chambre by and by.
      by and by: side by side

4145 Ther was no roumer herberwe in the place.
      roumer: larger herberwe: lodging

4157 To rokken, and to yeve the child to sowke.
      sowke: suck

4165 His wyf bar hym a burdon, a ful strong;
      burdon: bass accompaniment

4167 The wenche rowteth eek, par compaignye.
      rowteth: snores     par compaignye: for fellowship's sake, to keep them company

4178 If that I may, yon wenche wil I swyve.
      swyve: copulate with

4184 And we han had an il fit al this day;
      il fit: hard time

4190 "And gif that he out of his sleep abreyde,
      abreyde: start, awake

4200 And to hymself he maketh routhe and wo.
      maketh routhe: pities (feels sorry for himself)

4201 "Allas!" quod he, "this is a wikked jape;
      jape: trick

4208 I sal been halde a daf, a cokenay!
      halde a daf: considered a fool     cokenay: weakling

4226 But faire and wel she creep in to the clerk,
      creep: crept

4235 For he had swonken al the longe nyght,
      swonken: worked

4254 That makes me that I ga nat aright.
      ga nat aright: lose my way

4274 And he hente hym despitously agayn,
      hente hym: fetched him, struck him despitously: angrily

4278 They walwe as doon two pigges in a poke;
      poke: bag

4307 That doun he gooth, and cride, "Harrow! I dye!"
      Harrow!: Help!

4321 A gylour shal hymself bigyled be.
      gylour: deceiver

 

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 this part (lines I.4046-4324) of the Reeve's Tale, paying close attention to meaning and availing yourself of the page glosses, the explanatory notes, and the glossary.

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