| Quote #4
And eek, for she was somdel smoterlich,
This passage makes its disdain for Symkyn's wife's high-class pretensions perfectly clear: it says that she is "somdel smoterlich" (besmirched, or possessing a damaged reputation) probably due to her status as the illegitimate daughter of a cleric. This status makes her as "digne" (worthy of reverence) as water in a ditch – in other words, not at all. Nevertheless, due to her kindred and high-class upbringing in a convent, she still believes noblewomen should greet her as an equal.
| Quote #5
This persoun of the toun, for she was feir,
The parson has resolved to try to use his granddaughter to do what he couldn't do with his daughter (because she was illegitimate). His goal is to marry her into a noble family, thus ensuring an upwardly mobile progression for his heirs. He probably hopes that the combination of Malyne's good looks and the wealth he's stolen from the church for her dowry will convince some high-class person to marry "beneath" him.