The Pardoner's Tale Storyboard
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Once upon a time, long, long ago, three drunk rioters were at a tavern together when they noticed a coffin travel by on the street. This was yet another victim of the infamous Black Death that had ravaged Europe at the time. The three men were severly angered by this sight.
"How could this happen again?"
(The men decided to confront Death to avenge the loss of their friends.) "Is Death so fierce to meet? I'll search for him, by Jesus, street to street...And we will kill this traitor Death, I say! Away with him as he has made away with all our friends."
While the three rioters decide to search for Death, they rudely encounter an elderly man who, to their surprise, speaks of Death in a rather ironic manner, as if he has been seeking it for a long time. He wishes for Death for himself and he hopes it finds him soon. He then proceeds to tell the rioters where they can find Death, as he speaks of it being located under a tree.
"Mother, open to me soon! Look at me, mother, won't you let me in?"
The rioters travel to the tree that the man spoke of, but they do not find Death, however (or so they think), but rather they find a pile of treasure and coins. The men decide to split this treasure up evenly among them, but they also do not want anyone to think that they stole this treasure. In order to keep it safe, they draw lots to decide who will travel to town to get bread and wine to keep them healthy while they wait until night to carefully sneak the treasure back with them.
"We shall draw lots to see who shall go to town for bread and wine."
Unfortunately, the men let greed get the best of them. The youngest rioter is sent to get bread and wine. While he is away, the other two men plan to keep all of the wealth for themselves by attacking and killing the third when he returns. Meanwhile, the young man is plotting to keep all of the wealth himself by secretly getting poison from an apothecary in town to kill the other two. He gets three bottles and fills two of them with poison for the other men, keeping the clean one for himself.
"Two are twice as powerful as one. We shall draw our daggers on him, and then this money will be ours to spend."
In the end, the overwhelming greed of the three men only got them the Death that they were seeking. The treasure itself resulted as being Death in disguise, as it knew the men could not resist their greed for money and wealth for themselves. The young man was beaten to death by the other two as planned, and the final two were killed by the poison, as they drank from the poisonous bottles as a celebratory drink after killing the young man. They each received their due.
"These men received their dues and have gotten what they deserve. Greed is the ultimate evil, and now they have met me as they had requested." -Death
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