October 11


The Pardoner's Prologue and Tale

The Official Profession of the Pardoner

Games and Fiction-Making in The Canterbury Tales:

Fictions as Verbal Games

The Pardoner's Game

Tale and Teller

Last But Not Least...

Note lines 627-30, the Pardoner's sudden appeal to the figure who in a Christian context
is the supreme Pardoner, the one true source of all mercy, Christ himself.

Consider the Pardoner's Prologue, Tale and Epilogue as a multi-layered piece of fiction
making. Within the embracing fiction of The Canterbury Tales, the Pardoner tells the truth
about his lies, but in the very process of revealing his lies, he nevertheless manages to offer
a potentially moving fiction--the tale of the revelers--which invites the listener to recognize
a scriptural truth.


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