Grand theft is the term that comes to mind. She'd jump in front of a train for me, she'd do anything for me. It is fair to say they cannot sell something they don't have. He admits extortion of the poor, pocketing of , and failure to abide by teachings against jealousy and avarice. He may pose as a holy man when he is swindling the peasantry of some remote hamlet; but hypocritical airs and graces would be absurdly futile among his present companions. Check out Ephesians 6:16, a verse some priests required crusaders and pilgrims to read before going on a pilgrimage or crusade. From the Pardoner's portrait, we have good reason to believe the Host is probably right not to trust the guy: Chaucer tells us that, among his relics, he's carrying a jar full of pigs' bones, and that, with them, he's able to cheat a poor parson out of two months' salary.
The Pardoner agrees, but will continue only after he has food and drink in his stomach. His bulls of popes and cardinals may be genuine, - it would in any case not do for him to confess to the felony of forging the pope's seal, but his relics are counterfeit, and he has no illusions about the holiness of his mission. Therefore, this description becomes a backhanded compliment that works to compliment the overall picture of the Pardoner as an impious man who exploits the faith of peasants in order to make money. Analysis The Pardoner has — in recent years — become one of the most critically discussed of the Canterbury pilgrims. Lot Lot's daughters got their father drunk and then seduced him from the Book of Genesis in the Bible ; the Pardoner's point is that Lot never would have committed incest if he had not been drunk. They would not be selling their deed. He has no right to resort to conventions which, permissible to one who depicts a character ad hoc, are unjustifiable in one who depicts a character for its own sake.
He tells the company about his occupation—a combination of itinerant preaching and selling promises of salvation. A pardon is the forgiveness of a crime and the penalty associated with it. The youngest of the three draws the shortest straw. The three men were in a tavern and heard something and looked outside to see people carrying a dead person to his grave. For once, perhaps, the hideous incongruity between his preaching and the profligate invitation to come up and be pardoned through the efficacy of his trumpery relics has appeared to him. When the host replies with a scurrile jest, he is simply too angry to speak. The old man says that death is under a tree nearby.
Analysis We know from the General Prologue that the Pardoner is as corrupt as others in his profession, but his frankness about his own hypocrisy is nevertheless shocking. She loves me more then herself. Indulgences, rather, were papal documents which excused one from doing penance for sins; that is, purchasing a pardon from performing the correctional punishment which was designed to train a person not to repeat the sin they confessed. After almost two hundred lines of sermonizing, the Pardoner finally returns to his story of the lecherous Flemish youngsters. He has no guilt whatsoever; he freely admits to his corruption without the slightest pretense of decency, not even bothering to pay lip service to his religion, which he supposedly serves.
Hollow execution nevertheless, the Pardoner is an excellent preacher against greed. Only a few lines before, in his Prologue, he exposed to the entire company the fraudulence of his whole operation. In driblets fell his locks behind his head Down to his shoulders which they overspread; Thinly they fell, like rat-tails, one by one. Line 333-334 He is very cocky and to the people that he is traveling with and he is very confident in himself. While he was in the town, the youngest thought of the beauty of the gold coins, and decided to buy some poison in order to kill the other two, keeping the gold for himself.
Purchasing indulgences, contrary to popular belief, did not make absolution forgiveness of sin for the penitent. The 3 rioters go and look for death to either kill him or beat himup morons. His preaching is correct and the results of his methods, despite their corruption, are good. Who will pay for it? A prioress is expected to live a life of humility and charity in a nunnery. For instance, he has a sheep's bone which he tells people can be dipped in a well in order to make that well's water an effective snake bite antidote for livestock - for a price, naturally. That a fortuitous collection of blunders should combine to make up a subtle piece of character delineation is not impossible, perhaps, but is hardly what one would expect. The pilgrims are a company associated by chance, and likely never to assemble again after their return supper at Harry Bailly's.
Catholic Answer The current protestant understanding is that the whole indulgenceepisode involved corruption and that indulgences were seen as apayment for the pardon of sin, a payment to avoid hell and go toheaven, but this was never correct. Even though he knows he is guilty, he can still repel other people from sinning. However, the pilgrims—aware of pardoners' notoriety for telling lewd tales and in anticipation of hearing something objectionable —voice their desire for no ribaldry, but instead want a moral tale. The drunkards ran until they came to the tree, and, underneath it, they found eight bushels of gold coins. Chaucer describes The Pardoner as an excellent speaker in his portrait of the character in the General Prologue to The Canterbury Tales, which inherently reflects the quality of the narrative attributed to him. Unless, then, it can be shown that the character of the Pardoner is consistent with itself and with nature, the poet has blundered; and the gravity of his blunder is increased by the excellence of the Pardoner's Tale, perhaps the best short narrative poem in the language. Cheapside and Fish Streets streets in London that were known for the sale of strong spirits.
The youngest, however, wanting the treasure to himself, buys poison, which he adds to two of the bottles of wine he purchases. However, rather than an apology for his vices, the Pardoner boasts of his duping of his victims, for whom he has nothing but contempt. We might suppose the preacher carried away by professional enthusiasm, and forgetting just where he ought to have stopped. One may compare this notion to the symbol and character of the Old Man in by Samuel Taylor Coleridge. A deed represents a person's interest in real estate.