Piers Plowman


William Langland

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Friar Flatterer Character Analysis

Friar Flatterer is the friar who is called into Unity to heal those whom Hypocrisy and other evil forces wounded. Although Peace and Conscience are wary of him, Courteous Speech welcomes him warmly. Friar Flatterer turns out to be corrupt, as his method for healing the Christians is giving them a drugged potion that makes them careless about sin and consequence. Friar Flatterer is the last straw for Conscience, as the friar’s drugged drink is what spurs Conscience to abandon Unity in search of Piers Plowman.

Friar Flatterer Quotes in Piers Plowman

The Piers Plowman quotes below are all either spoken by Friar Flatterer or refer to Friar Flatterer. For each quote, you can also see the other characters and themes related to it (each theme is indicated by its own dot and icon, like this one:
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). Note: all page numbers and citation info for the quotes below refer to the W. W. Nortona & Company edition of Piers Plowman published in 2006.
Passus XX Quotes

He lies drowned in dream…and so do many
The Friar with his physic has enchanted the folk here,
And given them a drugged drink: they dread no sin.

Related Characters: Peace (speaker), Conscience, Friar Flatterer, Contrition
Page Number: 363
Explanation and Analysis:

…I will become a pilgrim,
…To seek Piers the Plowman, who might expunge Pride,
And see that friars had funds who flatter for need
And contradict me, Conscience; now Kind avenge me,
And send me heart and health till I have Piers the Plowman.

Related Characters: Conscience (speaker), Piers Plowman, Friar Flatterer, Kind
Page Number: 363
Explanation and Analysis:
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Friar Flatterer Character Timeline in Piers Plowman

The timeline below shows where the character Friar Flatterer appears in Piers Plowman. The colored dots and icons indicate which themes are associated with that appearance.
Passus XX
Corruption Theme Icon
Penance and Repentance Theme Icon
...the doctor and ask if there is a doctor who applies “softer compresses.” Someone recommends Friar Flatterer , but Conscience objects, declaring that the best doctor is Piers Plowman. Conscience eventually complies,... (full context)
Corruption Theme Icon
Social Hierarchy, Community, and Selfishness Theme Icon
When Friar Flatterer arrives at the gates of Unity, Peace asks him for his reason in coming to... (full context)
Corruption Theme Icon
Penance and Repentance Theme Icon
Social Hierarchy, Community, and Selfishness Theme Icon
Conscience welcomes Friar Flatterer and asks him to heal his cousin, Contrition. Friar Flatterer promises to heal Contrition and... (full context)