Pardoner's Tale, The

Pardoner’s Tale, The

seeking to slay death, three rioters are told he is under a certain tree; there they find gold and kill each other over it. [Br. Lit.: Chaucer “The Pardoner’s Tale” in Canterbury Tales]
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In two later manuscripts, apparently intended for young readers, the Prologues and other references to the pilgrimage frame in the Pardoner's Tale, the Tale of Sir Thopas, and the Clerk's Tale are edited, rewritten, or simply dropped so that the complex ironies of different narrative levels are transformed into the simple pleasures of a good tale, good advice about proper behavior, and a good moral lesson.