At the end of the wife of Bath

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At the end of the wife of Bath's narration, the Friar wonders whether such heavy academic problems  concerning authority and the scriptures shouldn't be left to the proper authorities and offers to tell a  tale about a summoner. The Host admonishes the Friar to tell something else, but the Summoner  interrupts and says that, if the Friar tells an uncomplimentary tale about a summoner, he will in turn  tell an uncomplimentary tale about a friar. The tale the Friar tells is, indeed, uncomplimentary. An archdeacon (a church official who presided over church courts) uses a crew of spies, including  whores, to seek out information about the people living in the parish. With the derogatory information  in hand, the archdeacon calls upon the sinners and miscreants and squeezes exorbitant tribute from  them so that their names do not appear among those doing evil. In the employ of the Archdeacon is a summoner who makes his rounds blackmailing the rich and the 
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This note was uploaded on 12/05/2011 for the course ENGLISH 101 taught by Professor Staff during the Fall '11 term at Texas State.

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