| Quote #10
'But of o thyng I warne thee ful right:
Nicholas needs to prevent John from trying to speak to him and Alisoun, so that he doesn't figure out they're no longer in their tubs. This silencing of John, both here and a few lines earlier, when Nicholas forbids him from telling anyone about the flood, foreshadows the final silencing of John by Nicholas and Alisoun at the tale's end.
| Quote #11
'Thy wyf and thou moote hange fer atwynne;
Nicholas's "This ordinance is seyd" parrots the "So says the Lord" that is often spoken by prophets in the Old Testament. Nicholas is taking on a prophetic role, perhaps to make himself more convincing to John.