The Reeve was old and choleric and thin; His beard was shaven closely to the skin. He kept his bins and garners very trim; No auditors could gain a point on him. No bailiff, serf or herdsman dared to kick, He knew their dodges, knew their every trick.
The Reeve is probably not one of the most charming characters, but without doubt he had a good business head. There was no pulling the wool over his eyes, that's for certain!