| Quote #4
It is ful fair to been y-clept, 'Madame,'
The upwardly mobile wives of the guildsmen like to display their social status conspicuously. For the women of this class, the ability to get noticed is an important "perk" of having money.
| Quote #5
But rather wolde [the Parson] yeven, out of doute,
The Parson's generosity to the poor is what marks him as a successful religious figure, and distinguishes him from other religious figures like the Summoner and Pardoner, who take from, rather than give to, the poor.
| Quote #6
[The Plowman] wolde thresshe, and therto dyke and delve,
The figure of the plowman is a medieval symbol of the poor. The fact that this plowman works not just for himself, but for all poor men, reinforces this symbolism and speaks to a vision of the solidarity of the poor.