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The Canterbury Tales
Geoffery Chaucer

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"Then I tell them many examples from old stories of long ago. For simple people love old tales; such things they can well remember and repeat. [438]

"What! Do you think that so long as I can preach and gain gold and silver through my teaching that I shall live in poverty willingly? [441]

"Nay, nay, truly I never thought of it! I will preach and beg everywhere I go; I will not labor with my hands nor make baskets to live by, only because I will not be an idle beggar. I will imitate none of the apostles. I will have wool, wheat, cheese, and money, were it given by the poorest lad or widow in a village, though her children pine and starve! I will have a merry wench in every town and drink liquor from the vine. [453]

"But listen, gentle people, in conclusion. Your will is that I tell a tale. Now that I have drunk a good draught of malty beer, by the Lord I hope I shall tell you a thing that ought by reason to be to your liking. For though myself be a vicious man, yet I know how to tell you a moral tale which I am wont to tell in my money-getting homilies. Now hold your peace, and I will begin." [462]


Source, "The Pardoner's Prologue" translation: NeCastro, Gerard. eChaucer. U of Maine at Machias, 2011. Web. 17 Oct. 2011.
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