EVIL IN THE CANTERBURY TALES. BY: Jeff Mcdonald Jon schmidt Jason Peters Bobby mcnichol Anthony Roakes. A Manciple was in charge of getting provisions for a college or court. BOOM. Evil in the Castle. The Manciple. “In buying victuals; he was never rash
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BY: Jeff Mcdonald
“In buying victuals; he was never rash
Whether he brought on credit or pay cash.
He used to watch the market most precisely
And got in first, and so he did quite nicely.”
“Now isn’t it a marvel of God’s grace
That an illiterate fellow can outspace
The wisdom of a heap of learned men?
His masters-he had more then thirty then.”
“in buying victuals; he was never rash.”
“he used to watch the market most precisely”
“the reeve was old and choleric and thin.”
Chaucer's opinion of evil is that he finds people who are fixed on money and themselves are the most evil. People high up in society abuse their social status and use it for their benefit.
“The accounts, right from his master’s earliest years.
No one had ever caught him in arrears.”
No bailiff, serf, or herdsman dared to kick,
He knew their dodges, knew their every trick;”
Feared like the plague he was, by those beneath
He had a lovely dwelling on a heath.”
For the most part,
Chaucer describes the
workers in society as both
good and bad. To start his
descriptions off he names
the good things they do,
and concludes with
satirization of them and the
evil they perform. The three
main characters he describes
are The Doctor, The Lawyer,
and The Miller.
“No one alive could talk as well as he did on points of medicine and of surgery.”
“He did not read the Bible very much”.
“Gold stimulates the heart, or so we’re told. He therefore had a special love of gold”
“He wore a homely parti-colored coat, Girt with a silken belt of pin-stripe stuff”
“He knew of every judgment, case, and crime Ever recorded since King William’s time”
“He had won him many a robe and a fee. There was no such conveyancer as he; All was fee-simple to his strong digestion, not one conveyance could be called in question.
“The Miller was a chap of sixteen stone, A great stout fellow big in brawn and bone.”
“for wherever a festive day At wrestling, he always took the prize away.”
“He was a jester and knew some poetry, But mostly all of sin and obscenity.”
“He could steal corn and three times charge his fee; And yet indeed he had a thumb of gold.”
The summoner is a worker of the church who summons people to the church court.
“His face on fire, like a cherubim, for he had carbuncles. His eyes were narrow, he was a hot and lecherous as a sparrow.”
“No boracic, so it seems, could make a salve that had the power to bite, clean up, or purge the pimple sitting on his cheeks.”
“And drinking strong red wine till all is hazy.”
“Why he’d allow-just for a quart of wine-any good lad to keep a concubine.”
“He knew their secrets, they did what he said.”
Raises money for Church
“His hair was yellow as wax.”
“In driblets they fell behind his head.”
“Down to his shoulders which they overspread, Thinly they fell his locks behind his head.”
“And he had bulging eye-balls, like a hare.”
“He’d sewed a holy relic on his cap”
“He had no beard had harbored, nor would harbor, Smoother than ever chin was left barber.”
Despite working for the government
“He had a cross of metal set with stones, And in a glass, rubble of pigs’ bones.”
“Made monkeys of the priest and congregation.”
Character in Chaucer’s opinion.