This is from the Middle English version of le Roman de la Rose:
That it hath hewes an hundred payr
Of gras and floures, inde and pers,
And many hewes ful dyvers
Which I roughly make out to be
That it has hews a hundred pair
Of grass and flowers, ????
And many hews full diverse
Does anyone know what 'inde and pers' mean? According to some dictionaries, they individually mean India and Persia; 'inde' could also mean indigo which might make sense, but what does pers mean in this case?
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- Thread Starter
- 17-12-2010 12:19
- 17-12-2010 13:00
i would take it to mean india and perisa from the context of the extract trying to sound exotic and mystifying.
I cant this pers relates to any specific colour. Just go with the exotic orientalist approach that he is trying to exude.
- 17-12-2010 15:40
'inde and pers' can both mean 'India and Persia' or 'indigo and blue'. Also 'hewes' is 'hues' in MdnE. Are you using this?