When Chaucer uses the word "here", is it meant to mean "her" or "their"? Here's an example of it in a sentence - "Som tyme yit they mette/ By sleyghte" to speak "of here desyr".
#102552. Asked by poshprice. (Jan 24 09 4:45 PM)
If I can rely on the "Riverside Chaucer", published by U.O.P., and on the included URL, then verse 150 and vv. 153-154 of "Troilus and Criseyde" clearly illustrate that THEY combines with HIRE, which is an alternative for HERE.(See below.)|
HIRE olde usage ne wolde THEI nat letten
THEI hadde a relik, heet Palladion,
That was HIRE trist aboven everichon.
Note: On page xxxii of his introduction Larr D. Benson explicitly states, when discussing pronouns:
In the third person (implied:plural) the nominative is always THEY, the possessive and objective HIRE/HERE and HEM respectively.
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