| Quote #1
The wyf cam lepynge inward with a ren.
Symkyn's wife calls for "unthank" on the person who tied the horse so ill or "boond hym so," in essence asking that the lazy horse-tier get the opposite of a thank-you – a curse – as repayment for his sloppy work. In calling for this punishment on the person who "boond hym so, / And he that better sholde han knyt the reyne," though, the wife is in fact calling for her husband to be cursed. After all, it was he who bound the horse so – meaning, of course, not at all.
| Quote #2
Aleyn the clerk, that herde this melodye,
The snoring of the Symkyn and his wife and daughter is so loud that Aleyn is unable to sleep. This indignity, coupled with all the other ones he has endured throughout the day, is too much for Aleyn. He calls a "wilde fyr" upon the bodies of the three. He gets his revenge he wishes on their bodies, of course, inciting the "fire" of lust in Symkyn's wife and daughter and beating Symkyn to a pulp.
| Quote #3
Ye, they sal have the flour of il endyng.
Aleyn wishes the "flour of il endyng" on the miller, his daughter, and his wife because of their snoring, which makes him unable to sleep. With a play on the word "flour" which can mean, figuratively, the result of some endeavor, or literally, wheat flour, Aleyn links the punishment he plans to mete out to Symkyn to the flour the miller stole from the clerks. This is not the story's last attempt to link Symkyn's "punishment" to his crime.