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The Pardoner like the Wife of Bath begins his tale with a long introduction that shows us remarkable things about his character He freely admits he uses the same tricks every place he goes with the same sermon- Love of money is the root of all evil He shows people his credentials then the animal bones he passes off as holy relics which he lies can cure sick animals increase livestock even cure jealousy He makes 100 marks a year by preaching against greed shaming people into parting with their money But he does this only out of his own covetousness not to help people He wont live in poverty thats for sure Even though he knows hes completely unscrupulous he can still tell a moral tale The Pardoner sets up the pilgrims the same way he does his gullible parishioners First he rails against drunkenness gluttony gambling and swearing Then he tells the warning tale of three young men of Flanders Belgium who are guilty of all these things While theyre drinking in a bar a dead body goes by It happens to be a friend of theirs A servant boy tells them Death is the culprit who is going around killing everyone Its during a plague The three rioters decide-
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