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The Canterbury Tales: The Reeve's Tale Quotes

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Lies and Deceit Quotes

A theef he was for sothe of corn and mele, And that a sly, and usuant for to stele. (85 – 86)

Sex Quotes

This wenche thikke and wel ygrowen was, With kamus nose and eyen greye as glas, With buttoked brode, and brestes rounde and hye; But right fair was hire heer, I wol nat lye. (119 – 122)

Violence Quotes

Pipen he koude and fisshe, and nettes beete, And turne coppes, and wel wrastle and sheete; Ay by his belt he baar a long panade, And of a swerd ful trenchant was the blade. A joly poppere baar he i...

Wealth Quotes

A theef he was, for sothe, of corn and mele, And that a sly, and usuant for to stele. (85 – 86)

Rules and Order Quotes

The wyf cam lepynge inward with a ren. She seyde, 'Allas! youre hors goth to the fen With wilde mares, as faste as he may go. Unthank come on his hand that boond hym so, And he that bettre sholde h...

Cunning and Cleverness Quotes

This millere smyled of hir nycetee, And thoghte, 'Al this nys doon but for a wyle. They wene that no man may hem bigyle, But by my thrift, yet shal I blere hir ye, For al the sleighte in hir philos...

Language and Communication Quotes

And nameliche ther was a greet college Men clepen the Soler halle at Cantebregge; […] Thanne were ther yonge povre scolers two, That dwelten in this halle, of which I seye. (135 – 136,...

Society and Class Quotes

A wyf he hadde, ycomen of noble kyn; The person of the toun hir fader was. With hire he yaf ful many a panne of bras, For that Symkyn sholde in his blood allye. (88 – 91)

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