| Quote #7
The Millere was a stout carl for the nones;
The Miller's physical appearance – a big lug with a huge nose and mouth – fits the medieval stereotype of a lower-class person. The idea is that he's all brawn, no brains.
| Quote #8
His Lord wel coude [the Reeve] plesen subtilly,
Do we detect a bit of the narrator's vicarious delight in the way the lower-class Reeve outsmarts the nobleman? It's the classic "rooting for the underdog," with the element of class competition thrown in to spice it up a bit.
| Quote #9
But with thise relikes, whan that [the Pardoner] fond
Since we've already had a portrait of a truly good Parson, who gives to rather than takes from the poor, the Pardoner's cheating of the poor person here appears doubly treacherous.