Of smale houndes hadde she, that she fedde
With rosted flessh, or milk and wastel breed;

from Geoffrey Chaucer – The Canterbury Tales (General Prologue) on Rap Genius


(She had some small dogs, that she fed / With cooked meat, or milk and white bread)

In the Middle Ages, this was a frankly a ridiculously blingin' diet for some dogs. Kind of like those over-pampered ones you see.

‘Wastel breed’ was pretty much what we call white bread, and very expensive at the time. The over-indulgent foods she gives to her animals (would they not be better given to the poor and hungry?) are a further indication that her moral compass is imbalanced. We get more alliteration, as if the verse is rebuking her whilst Chaucer the pilgrim looks on in wonder.

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