The Canterbury Tales by Geoffrey Chaucer

The Friar

The Friar is described as a lively, jolly, and dignified man, despite the fact that he begs for his living. He is known for giving easy penances after hearing confession, especially if he thinks the person confessing will invite him to dinner or give him some coins afterwards. He carries knives and pins in his hood to give as gifts to women he meets on his travels. He can sing and play music well, but his primary interest is in making money, rather than on carrying out holy duties.

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