That croft hight Couet not mens catel ne her wiues
that crofte hatteth coueyte þu nougth · mennys catel nor here wyues
Þat crofte hatte coueite nouȝt · men catel ne hir wyues
þeG.6.593: The majority of A and C manuscripts share the G R F reading þe, which is adopted by Kane and Donaldson. Remaining B manuscripts read That. crofte hett couvett noght mennes catell ne theyr wyuves
Þe crofte hate coueyte nauȝt menR.5.595: R uniquely omits a word after men, but the omission probably goes back to alpha. F rewrites by dropping men altogether and uniquely substituting the phrase neyþir
maydins, while beta deploys a phrase that parallels Ax : mennes catel. The Cx phrase, menne
catel, involves an unmarked genitive that might help account for the error in
ne here wyues .