Toke Mede bi þe Middel · and brouȝte hir in-to chaumbre
To.k mede by þe mydul and bro....ghte hire into a chambre
Toke mede bie the middle & brought her into chambre
Took Mede bi þe myddel . and broȝte hire in-to chambre
Tooke mede by the myddel · and brougth hire into chambre
Toke mede by þe Midel · and brought hir in-to chambre
toke mede they meydeG.4.10: Use of "they" for "the" (as in G they meyde) is recorded by LALME in Warwickshire and Wiltshire (LALME 4, item 1 and p.315), but the form here may just be a back formation influenced by the G scribe's occasional use of the for weak they; see Introduction III.1. & broght hyr In-to chambre
Toke Mede bi þe myddil & brouȝte hir inO.3.10: OC2 alone have in; most B manuscripts have into. chaumbre
Tok mede by þe middel and brouȝte hire
in-to chaumbre .
He took Meede by þe myddil / & menteF.4.10: F alone has this probably original reading. We have not determined whether it represents F-Redactor's (or F-Scribe's)
intelligent conjecture or (as Kane and Donaldson have proposed) his access to a pre-archetypal manuscript. hire to chambre.
& þe Clerk gan conforte hire / for gret conynge he hadde.F.4.11: This line appears only in F.