Short was his gowne, with sleves longe and wyde;
Wel koude he sitte on hors and faire ryde;
(= His gown was short, with long and wide sleeves / He could mount his horse well, and ride skilfully.)
We got even more detail about how nicely made the Squire’s clothes are, rhymed with some pretty basic horse-riding skills. It’s possible that by stressing that he could do the bare minimum required of a knight, Chaucer is damning the Squire with faint praise.
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