Meed is False’s fiancée and Holy Church’s enemy. Although she has been instructed by God to marry Truth (due to the fact that her mother, Amends, is a righteous woman), she disobeys. The King tries to marry her off to Conscience, but to no avail. Meed is a lavishly dressed woman who tries to endear herself to everyone through her extravagant gifts—something Conscience pegs as sinful.
Meed Quotes in Piers Plowman
The Piers Plowman quotes below are all either spoken by Meed or refer to Meed. For each quote, you can also see the other characters and themes related to it (each theme is indicated by its own dot and icon, like this one: Note: all page numbers and citation info for the quotes below refer to the W. W. Nortona & Company edition of Piers Plowman published in 2006.).
Passus III Quotes
She makes men misbehave many score times.
In trust of her treasures she troubles a great many.
…Poisoned popes, impaired Holy Church.
…She’s as common as the cartway to comers and goers,
To monks, to messengers, to leper-men in hedges.
Meed Character Timeline in Piers Plowman
The timeline below shows where the character Meed appears in Piers Plowman. The colored dots and icons indicate which themes are associated with that appearance.
...jewels, red-gold ribbons, and expensive furs. Holy Church tells Will that this woman is named Meed and is as intimate with the papacy as Holy Church herself. Whereas Holy Church is... (full context)
...a variety of scenes from nature, from “wild worms in woods” to “how men took Meed and dismissed Mercy.” Will notices that Reason “respect[s] and rule[s] all beasts,” but doesn’t seem... (full context)