The action supposedly takes place in Normandy, in land belonging to the Duke of Ghent. However, Normandy was entirely under the rule of its own Duke; Ghent was a separate territory under the Count of Flanders. See more
Well, now, fertility. Some say it's pagan. But who's not pagan in some matters?
True, true! I love the speech of scholars.
These young folks here think of nothing but frolic. "Desist!" I tell them, but they will go a-wantoning. So, lest the Devil take them, I preach them a text from holy writ. "Increase and multiply," I say. "Replenish the earth." And oh! how they obey me.