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NOT a Retraction I have chosen to read The Pardoners Tale from The Canterbury Tales 294-392 by Geoffrey Chaucer In the following I will discuss the tale and give you my opinion on why I think Chaucer did not intend to retract this particular tale The Pardoners Tale is a tale about sin and what one must do to be forgiven for those sins The Pardoners Tale is a story about gluttony false oaths and swearing and avarice The pardoner who tells the tale is guilty of all of these sins and openly admits this in the prologue to the tale By this gaude have I wonne yeer by yeer An hundred mark sith I was pardoner I stonde lik a clerk in my pulpet And whan the lewed peple is down yset I preche so as ye han herd bifore And Telle an hundred false japes more ll 101-5 This tale is about a company of men who haunteden folye l 176 The three men are told of a person who is sweeping the country side and claiming the lives of thousands l 391 of people so they swear many a grisly ooth thanne han they sworn l 420 and decide to take the task upon themselves to go out and kill this thing Death Along their way they run into an old man covered in rags Ye for an haire-clout to wrappe me But yit to me she wol nat do that grace For which ful pale and welked is my face This old man tells them that they can find Death waiting for them beneath a tree and warns them to be careful The three men run as fast as they can to the tree hoping to find the monster that has been murdering everyone but to their likings they find florins fine of gold l 482 The men discuss what they
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