| Quote #7
Thy wyf and thouo mote hange fer a-twinne,
Nicholas's reference to the possible sin "in looking" refers to the Catholic belief that if you look at a woman lustfully, you've already had sex with her in your heart. Beyond conveniently separating John and Alisoun so that it's easier for Alisoun to sneak away, Nicholas's warning subtly flatters John by making it seem that Nicholas thinks of him as a virile man with uncontainable sexual desires.
| Quote #8
Withouten wordes mo, they goon to bedde
This passage emphasizes the audacity of Nicholas and Alisoun making love in John's bed by calling it a "revel" – which can mean both festive occasion and disorderly conduct – and by juxtaposing it with the religious observances of the nearby friars.
| Quote #9
This Absoloun doun sette him on his knees,
The "more" Absoloun refers to is sex, which he hopes will follow from Alisoun's kiss. Absoloun's assumption of a kneeling position contrasts with his reference to himself as a "lord," and, as the subsequent events confirm, the kneeling position is a more accurate reflection of his true status in his relationship with Alisoun.