George Lyman Kittredge's reading of the Pardoner from Chaucer's Canterbury Tales has been little challenged. The author asserts that Kittredge perhaps misinterpreted the Pardoner's character by trying to dignify him. Instead, in the author's view, the Pardoner is an unrepentant and hypocritical scoundrel.
"The Pardoner as Huckster: a Dissent from Kittredge,"
BYU Studies Quarterly: Vol. 4
, Article 3.
Available at: http://scholarsarchive.byu.edu/byusq/vol4/iss3/3