| Quote #10
His hote love was cold and al y-queynt;
In this clever passage, "queynt" means both "quenched" and female genitals. Absolon's love is "queynt" by Alisoun's "queynte," but not in the way he was hoping. The reference to Absolon's being healed of his sickness reflects the courtly love language in which a lovesick man is "healed" by getting sex. But here again, Absolon's "cure" is not quite what he had wished for.
| Quote #11
Thus swyved was this carpenteris wyf
"Swyved" is a vulgar term for sex. This quote, which tells us that John was cuckolded (cheated on by his wife) despite his best attempts to avoid it, hearkens back to the moment in the Miller's Prologue in which he insists that all men's wives will be unfaithful to them – it's better for men just not to know about their wives' "pryvetee."