I seigh his sleves y-púrfiled at the hond
With grys, and that the fyneste of a lond;
And for to festne his hood under his chyn
He hadde of gold y-wroght a curious pyn;
A love-knotte in the gretter ende ther was.
(= I saw his sleeves lined with fur at the wrist / With grey squirrel’s fur, the finest in the land / And to fasten his hood underneath his chin / He has a well-crafted pin made of gold / There was a knot-shaped decoration at the larger end.)
The Monk is flagrantly flouting the attire expected of the monastic order.
Grey squirrels fur was extremely expensive and expressly forbidden to the cloistered clergy. The use of expensive pins like the Monk’s by clergy was frequently attacked. And to top it off, he pimps out his pin with a love knot.
Big pimpin', indeed.
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