| Quote #7
But specially I pray thee, hooste deere,
John emphasizes to Symkyn that he and Aleyn will pay good money for their food and lodging. He quotes a common saying, "With empty hand men may no haukes tulle" to show that he understands that the arrangement between himself and Symkyn will be a business deal; i.e, it will involve silver being laid out up front to "lure" the hawk, Symkyn.
| Quote #8
Som esement has lawe yshapen us;
Aleyn proposes to sleep with Symkyn's daughter as "esement" (repayment) for the corn Symkyn has stolen from the clerks. It sounds misogynistic, or anti-feminist, to modern ears accustomed to thinking of women as people and not property. However, the tale has actually laid the groundwork for Aleyn's proposal at the beginning by talking about the dowries, or monetary values, attached to both Symkyn's wife and daughter.