| Quote #1
This carpenter hadde wedded newe a wyf
The narrator claims that John's fear of competition for his wife's affections causes him to keep Alisoun locked up, away from other men. Yet the evidence of John's actions in the tale, such as his tolerance of a young male boarder and his frequent business trips, suggest that John actually does not perceive himself to be in competition with other men.
| Quote #2
Nicholas shal shapen him a wyle
The "game" the text refers to here is the competition between Nicholas and John for Alisoun's body. For Nicholas, it is not enough to have sex with Alisoun occasionally; he must do so for an extended period of time in John's bed to consider the game fully gone "aright."
| Quote #3
For som folk wol ben wonnen for richesse,
The idea that a lover is a prize to be won turns the lover into an object. This language fits well with the characterization of Alisoun as animal-like, and thus objectified, in her sexuality.