The Story of William and the Werewolf
12th century, Old French | 14th century Middle English alliterative translation, Library of King's College Cambridge.
This wolf must have a human consciousness!
Now sertes, for sothe, this best has mannes kynde , it may be non other, said William. 'This wolf must have a human consciousness, it can be no other way. See what sorrow he suffers to keep the two of us alive. He never fails to bring whatever we need straight to where we are. May Christ keep him from all harm!'
'Amen,' said Emelior, as they happily tucked into the food that the werewolf had brought, for they were very hungry. And they rested all that day, and to tell the truth, all the following night as well, for Emelior was so weary that she could not walk.
Early the following day, before the sun was up, some colliers approached, laden with coal. When they had moved off, William said to Emelior: 'Darling, we cannot walk about in these bearskins any more, if we can find any alternative at all.'
'I agree,' said Emelior. 'If we go about like this any more, we shall be recognised the moment someone sees us. But I cannot see any alternative.'
'Nor I,' said William.