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The Canterbury Tales

by Geoffrey Chaucer

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In "The Pardoner's Tale," how did the youngest man plan to kill the other two?

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If you remember, the whole point of this tale is supposed to be that greed is a bad thing.  What happens with the three men really shows this.

The three men have found all this gold.  The youngest has been sent back into town to get them some food and drink.  While he's gone, the other two plot to kill him so they won't have to share the gold.

But the youngest man has his own plan.  He buys poison and puts it in the wine.  They kill him, drink the wine, and die.  All three are dead because of greed.

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