He knew the tavernes wel in every toun,
And everich hostiler and tappestere
Bet than a lazar or a beggestere;
(= He knew the taverns well in every town / And every landlord and barmaid / Better [than he knew] lepers or female beggars)
These lines kind of speak for themselves. The Friar was much better acquainted with pubs (ESPECIALLY the girls serving drinks) than the poor people who might need his help.
Basically, he only heard confessions when there was money to be made.
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