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Reverend Peter Popoff, who has a weekly program that promotes a miracle spring water, is most parallel to the character Pardoner from The Canterbury Tales. Throughout this article, Reverend Popoff tries to promote his miracle spring water with intentions of making lots of money. This idea can be supported by the description given in paragraph nine which states, “Popoff’s ministry soared from $9.6 million in 2003 up to $23 million in 2005...his home sold for almost $2 million, and...he’s been spotted driving a Porsche and a Mercedes.” Without making sales from selling the miracle spring water, he wouldn’t be able to buy all the luxury things that he has bought. Just as Reverend Popoff was greedy and had intentions of making money, the Pardoner …show more content…
Reverend Popoff claimed that he knew people’s problems because God told him, but he actually found out about their problems after his wife interviewed them and told him about it through an earpiece. Another example of Reverend Popoff’s fakeness is demonstrated in paragraph seven as he would be selling people “a tiny bag of “prayer-blessed” Dead Sea salt.” Investigations were done on this salt and it turns out that this salt is very close to that of table salt. Therefore, people were spending lots of money on what they thought was some kind of special salt when all it was was table salt. Just as Reverend Popoff sold people fake things such as the salt, the Pardoner also sold people fake things and those things were relics. This is demonstrated in lines 720-721 which states, “And, in a glass, a rubble of pigs’ bones. And with these relics, any time he found…” In these lines, the Pardoner is supposed to be selling people authentic relics so that they can be forgiven for their sins, but he is using fake relics as he is using bones of a pig. He lies to the people and takes advantage of their stupidity as he sells them relics that they believe are real when they are, in fact,

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