| Quote #16
Myn eres aken of thy drasty speche!
In what may be one of the greatest literary jokes in history, the host declares the character Chaucer's poetry awful and forbids him from speaking in verse! Saying that Chaucer is just wasting everybody's time is a huge insult, since good literature was supposed to have a moral purpose.
| Quote #17
And though I nat the same wordes seye
Here, the character Chaucer reverses his earlier position that a tale ought to be repeated word-for-word as you heard it. Now he claims that it's enough for the sentence, or meaning, of the tale, to be the same.
| Quote #18
I hadde levere than a barel ale
The Host has great faith in the power of tales: here, he expresses a belief that the example of a virtuous wife might reform his own, not-so-virtuous one.