The Manciple Sabrina, Autumn, Nicole´╗┐
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Part One:
What specific occupation does your Manciple practice?
  • The one who provides and supplies for his thirty+ masters; purchasing food supplies.
  • They train to help others to live within their means.
  • Purchases food and supplies for an institution such as a school, monastery, or law court.

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What does the need for this occupation tell us about the time period?
  • The employers are all money makers- lawyers, so the manciples had good jobs just to make sure their boss was supplied with whatever he needed. It almost seemed as if the manciple was somewhat of a slave- to keep the lawyers satisfied.
What was Manciple's social standing?
  • Middle Class
What might your Manciple's day to day life be like?
  • The manciple is like a slave because he is making sure the lawyers are satisfied with things needed like providing for food in the temple.
What details about Manciple does Chaucer not include?
  • His appearance
  • His attitude
What modern day occupation might correspond to Manciple and why?
  • A farmer because he makes his money off of what he grows off his land. Many times a family owns the farm, where everyone in the family participates.

Part Two:
Paraphrase each line of the prologue describing Manciple
  • Gentle man in the Inner Temple
  • Wise in purchasing supplies
  • Careful when buying things
  • Ahead and prosperous all of the time
  • Such an ignorant man that can surpass the wisdom of the smart men- lawyers
  • Uses the lawyers to help him live on his own wealth honorably
  • Lives economically as he wishes
  • Gets the best out of everyone
Which lines in the prologue best describe Manciple's physical appearance?
  • Chaucer doesn't give detail about Manciple's physical appearance.
Which lines describe Manciple's personality?
  • 570-574, 578, and 587.
Which specific words add to your understanding of Manciple's personality?
  • Gentle, wise, careful, prosperous, ignorant, wisdom.

Part Three:
What is Chaucer's opinion toward this character?
  • He thought he wasn't trustworthy, irresponsible, and reckless.
What specific lines or words tell you this?
  • "A Manciple was a subordinate official who purchased provisions for a college or 'inn of court' (law school)" (821). Chaucer's Manciple is a dishonest man who takes advantage of his position as a money handler.

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