Once upon a time there was three young men who lived in Belgium who liked to live in the wild side.
The pardoner describes a group of young Flemish people who spend their time drinking and reviling, indulging in all form of excess.
The pardoner then enters into a tirade against the vices that they practice ... first us gluttony, which he identifies as the sin that first caused the fall of mankind in Eden. Then, drunkenness, gambling and swearing. He argues that these sins offend God.
As three of these rioters sit drinking, they hear a funeral knell. One of the revelers’ servants tells the group that an old friend of theirs was slain that very night by a mysterious figure named Death.