As an anonymous fifteenth-century writer complained, "For as they dampned Christ so now oure bishopes dampne
and bren goddes lawe/for bycause it is drawen into our mother tounge."(5)
The bereft sons conclude that the fiends' mysterious destination for the body reflects the damnation of the soul, and the youngest son, "a skolere," preaches the sign all over England "For to dampne
& stroye [??]at synne, / [??]at no womman falle [??]er ynne" (8079-80).
Because the wife disturbs the mass, which benefits three groups--those living, those in paradise, and those in purgatory--"dampne
pat womman to be lore / And kursepe tyme hat she was bore" (7971-72).