Notes to the Canterbury Tales

Notes to the Canterbury Tales

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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can usually download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1894 edition. Excerpt: ... a kers (i. e. a blade of grass) occurs in a similar manner (A. 3756); which has been corrupted into ' not caring aeurse 'l 4006. Ye, yea, is a mild form of assent; yis is a stronger form, generally followed, as here, by some form of asseveration. See note to B. 1900 above. _ 4008. attamed, commenced, begun. The Lat. attaminare and Low Lat. intaminare are equivalent to eontaminare, to contaminate, soil, spoil. From Low Lat. intaminare comes F. entamer, to cut into, attack, enter upon, begin. From attanzinare comes the M. E. attame or ' atame, with a similar sense. The metaphor is taken from the notion of cutting into a joint of meat or of broaching or opening a cask. This is well shewn by the use of the word in P. Plowman, B. xvii. 68, where it is said of the Good Samaritan in the parable that he 'breyde to his boteles, and bothe he atamerle, ' i.e. he went hastily to his bottles, and broached or opened them both. So here, the priest broached, opened, or began his tale. The Nonne Preeetes Tale. We may compare Dryden's modernised version of this tale, entitled ' The Cock and the Fox.' See further in vol. iii. pp. 431-3. 4011. stape. Lansd. MS. reads stou, be, as if it signified bent, stooped; but stoop is a weak verb. Sta;5e or stope is the past participle of the strong verb stajben, to step, advance. Stape in age=advanced in years. Roger Ascham has almost the same phrase: 'And Varro beyng depe mp: in age, by negligence some wordes do scape and fall from him in those bookes as be not worth the taking up, ' &c.--The Schoolmaster, ed. Mayor, p. 189; ed. Arber, p. I 52. 4018--9. by lzousoondrye, by economy; fond /n'r-self, ' found herself, ' provided for herself. 4022.show more

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  • Paperback | 226 pages
  • 189 x 246 x 12mm | 413g
  • Rarebooksclub.com
  • United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 1236890930
  • 9781236890931