Piers Plowman


William Langland

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Wrong Character Analysis

Wrong is introduced by Holy Church as being the leader and founder of the dungeon in the valley, Hell, which thus conflates him with Lucifer. Later, Wrong is the criminal in the legal case of Peace vs. Wrong, where he is charged with rape, theft, and murder. Wrong is ultimately condemned by Reason and the King and is subjected to harsh punishment.

Wrong Quotes in Piers Plowman

The Piers Plowman quotes below are all either spoken by Wrong or refer to Wrong. 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:
Love Theme Icon
). 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.
Prologue Quotes

I saw a tower on a hill-top, trimly built,
A deep dale beneath, a dungeon tower in it,
With ditches deep and dark and dreadful to look at.
A fair field full of folk I found between them,
Of human being of all sorts, the high and the low…

Related Characters: Will (speaker), Truth, Holy Church, Wrong
Page Number: 3
Explanation and Analysis:
Passus IV Quotes

If he may make amends, let Bail manumit him
And put up pledges for his crimes and purchase recompense,
Amend that misdeed and be evermore the better.

Related Characters: Wisdom (speaker), King, Wrong, Peace
Page Number: 59
Explanation and Analysis:
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Wrong Character Timeline in Piers Plowman

The timeline below shows where the character Wrong appears in Piers Plowman. The colored dots and icons indicate which themes are associated with that appearance.
Passus I
Corruption Theme Icon
...side of the field of folk. She says the dungeon is founded and ruled by Wrong—the very being who “egged to evil” Adam and Eve, Cain, and Judas. Wrong is “a... (full context)
Passus IV
Corruption Theme Icon
Penance and Repentance Theme Icon
...her marriage, the King must first oversee a legal case. A man named Peace accuses Wrong of three crimes—rape, theft, and murder. With help from Conscience, the King knows that Peace... (full context)
Corruption Theme Icon
Reason agrees that Wrong should be punished and declares, “by the Rood, I shall render no mercy / While... (full context)
Social Hierarchy, Community, and Selfishness Theme Icon
When the King demands that Wrong face punishment for his crimes, Conscience warns him that unless the common people are obedient,... (full context)