In a compaignye
Of sondry folk, by áventure y-falle
In felaweshipe, and pilgrimes were they alle,
That toward Caunterbury wolden ryde.
(= in a group / of varied people, who had by chance come together / in fellowship, and they were all pilgrims / Who would ride towards Canterbury.)
‘Sondry’, or ‘sundry’ is a word that just about survives in modern English— we have ‘sundries’ on takeaway menus, and the phrase ‘all and sundry’. It’s a good word. Annotations which use it are bound to get upvoted.
We get an idea of the etymology of ‘adventure’ from Chaucer’s word ‘aventure’— originally it meant something more like ‘accident’.
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