For unto a povre ordre for to yive
Is signe that a man is wel y-shryve;
(=For to give to a poor order / Is a sign that a man is truly sorry)
Again, pretty heavy irony. Obviously just giving to the Friars doesn’t show that you’re sorry; you have to have contrition in your heart. This is another case of Chaucer the naïve pilgrim allowing himself to be ventriloquized by a dishonest character, so that Chaucer the poet can reveal the full extent of their hypocrisy.
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