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The Pardoner as a Representative of the Church The Pardoner is a disreputable representative of the church The General Prologue describes him as being a lying swindling hypocrite and he does not hesitate to tell you this himself The main theme of his sermons and The Pardoners Tale is love of money is the root to all evil yet his primary motivation in life is money He dupes his listeners and gains their acceptance of his authenticity by displaying fancy religious letters and seals and occasionally speaking Latin phrases Once he has the listeners in his grasp he takes advantage of the poor nave people in his congregation and invites them to make offerings to be pardoned The Pardoner recites whichever memorized sermon he believes will bring him the greatest number of gifts and offerings He refers to his job as a game and in it only to win profits for himself He carries many counterfeit relics such as a mitten which is supposed to multiply the grains of its possessor but in reality it does nothing He carries numerous similar items with the intent of deceiving people and selling the relics for their false powers His sermons are full of tricks and schemes with the sole intent of provoking guilt and duping people into giving offerings For example he warns the members of his congregation that unless they are burdened by sins too severe for a public confession they better come forward to place an offering and be pardoned The Pardoner says his exclusive purpose is to win and not at all to castigate their sin 243 He does not experience guilt in taking a poor womans only coin or a starving childs last loaf of bread He is a liar and a cheat as well as a hypocrite In the Pardoners Tale the Pardoner ridicules men for drinking wine and preaches those who drink are making a privy
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