The Final Irony of the Pardoner's Tale.

Author / Editor
Reiss, Edmund.

The Final Irony of the Pardoner's Tale.

College English 25.4 (1964): 260-66.

Investigates the dramatic ironies of PardPT (comparing them with those of WBPT), arguing that the Pardoner does not reveal "more than he intends, but rather the converse": that none of the pilgrims "is able to see the full meaning of what he says" because his falseness compels them to reject him and the valid morality of his sermon. Rejected by the pilgrims, he is the "only unpardoned man" on the road to Canterbury.

Chaucer Subjects
Pardoner and His Tale
Wife of Bath and Her Tale