| Quote #7
Thise clerkes beete hym weel and lete hym lye;
The savageness of the beating Symkyn takes is attested by the fact that he ends lying on the floor, probably unconscious. Since at the tale's beginning we learned that Symkyn was an expert wrestler and fighter and prone to be aggressive, we can assume either that John and Aleyn are good fighters as well, or that Symkyn was just outnumbered. Two upon one is not really a fair fight, is it?
| Quote #8
Thus is the proude millere wel ybete,
The narrator's repetition of "wel ybete" and "bette hym wel" suggests that he takes pleasure and satisfaction in the beating. Here he describes it as "payment" for the supper of John and Aleyn, and not just recompense for the corn he has stolen.