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...that they are both lecherous. This is exemplified through the summoner in the Friar’s prologue. In “The Friar’s Tale,” the Friar states:
He was a thief, a summoner, and a pimp.
And he had wenches in his retinue, / . . . /
He and these wenches made a gang at it
Then he would fetch forth a fictitious writ,
Summon them both before the Chapter-bench. (Coghill 295)
This description of the summoner overall states how the summoner commits the sin of having sexual intercourse with many women. When the summoner is caught by some men, he blackmails them into letting him go free of charge. The Friar is like the summoner because just as the friar repels the vows of his church, the Friar does as well. Overall, it is evident through “The Friar’s Tale” that both the summoner and Friar are alike in more ways than one. This is shown through their greed, and habits of lying.
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