In the “General Prologue” of the Canterbury Tales, the Manciple is described as being quiet, wise, and somewhat of a role model, but as the general prologue progresses, it can be assumed that he is sneaky and dishonest. For instance, “All caters might follow his example/ In buying victuals; he was never rash/ Whether he bought on credit or paid cash” (Chaucer, “General Prologue” 586-588). Chancer starts to say that people can resort to the Manciple for help in buying supplies and that he is careful with his money, always paying attention to what he has. He is said to work for the Inn of Courts, a law school, where he assists lawyers by preparing their meals. Chaucer describes his as being so sharp-witted that he can even swindle those who he works for, “That swich a lewed mannes wit shal pace/ The wisdom of an heep of lerned men?” (Chaucer, “General Prologue”. It can be inferr...
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...he conversation in his Prologue and the tale he shares. Though in the end Chaucer used the character of the Manciple, the General Prologue, the Manciple’s Prologue, and the Manciple’s Tale to convey the importance of silence and discretion of speech. It may have seemed as though Chaucer’s writing was long and flawed because of his age but the irony of speech is just how Chaucer conveyed his point.
Chaucer, Geoffrey. “General Prologue of the Canterbury Tales.” British Literature. Eds. Janet Alan, et.al. Evanston: McDougal Littel, 2009, 140-62. Print.
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