freten by sowe

Joel S. Berson Berson at ATT.NET
Mon Mar 3 00:16:50 UTC 2008

At 3/2/2008 02:28 PM, William Salmon wrote:
>>>>There's a horrifying line in The Knight's Tale about a pig eating a
>>>>The sowe freten the child right in the cradel...
>>>I assume "freten" (fressen) rather than (?) "eten" (essen) to make
>>>it more horrifying?
>I think with 'fressen' that line might mean 'The sow refreshed the child
>right in the cradle', at least in middle English :-)

Well, it worked (with a different animal species) for Romulus and Remus.


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