| Quote #10
'Why, yis, for Gode,' quod hende Nicholas,
Nicholas convinces John not to tell anyone else about the flood. Were he to tell someone smarter, that person might knock some sense into him, which Nicholas does not want.
| Quote #11
Men seyn thus, 'Send the wyse, and sey no thing.'
Alisoun's flattery of John, like Nicholas's prophecy "only" for the three of them, makes John feel special, chosen by God as one who is "sent" by him to do something important. Combine this with Alisoun's damsel-in-distress plea to John to "save our lyf," and he's putty in her hands.