The Pardoner is a man with a great knowledge of the Catholic Church and supposed great love of God. Despite the fact that he is someone whom is looked at with respect at the time, the pardoner is nothing more than an imposter who makes his living by fooling people into thinking he forgives their sins, and in exchange for pardons, he takes their money. His sermon-like stories and false relics fool the people of the towns he visits and make him seem as a plausible man, which is exactly what the pardoner wants. In fact, the pardoner is an avaricious and deceitful character whose driving force in life is his motto,Radix malorum est cupiditas, which is Latin for greed is the root of evil. The pardoner's entire practice is based upon his motto and is motivated entirely by greed.