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- n. Obsolete form of summoner.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. A summoner.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. A Middle English form of sumner.
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In contrast with the pardoner and "sompnour" we see the poor parson, full of goodness, charity, and love, -- a true shepherd and no mercenary, who waited upon no pomp and sought no worldly gains, happy only in the virtues which he both taught and lived.
Chaucer places the sompnour, or summoner to the Church courts.
Thus taking advantage of his plot to ridicule these characters, and to make them satirize each other -- as in the rival stories of the sompnour and friar -- he turns with pleasure from these betrayers of religion, to show us that there was a leaven of pure piety and devotion left.
-- Tale of the Summoner (somnour, sompnour): a friar ill-received by a moribund; a coarse, popular story, a version of which is in "Til Ulespiegel."
At this crowning insult the sompnour, with a face ashen with rage, raised up a quivering hand and began pouring Latin imprecations upon the angry alderman.
"Base-born and foul-mouthed knave!" cried the sompnour.
Chaucer describes a very joyous pilgrimage in his _Canterbury Tales_, how the company met at the Tabard Inn, in Southwark, including the knight and the abbot, the prioress and the shipman, the squire and the merchant, the ploughman and sompnour (or summoner, "of whose visage children were sore afeard"), and rode forth gaily in the spring sunshine --
His charity is broad enough to cover even the corrupt sompnour of whom he says,
The stories told by the reeve, miller, friar, sompnour, shipman, and merchant, belong to the class of _fabliaux_, a few of which existed in
The stories told by the reeve, miller, friar, sompnour, shipman, and merchant belong to the class of _fabliaux_, a few of which existed in English, such as _Dame