Seeing the Cook drunk, asleep, and swaying in his saddle, the Host tries to awaken him in order to demand a tale. But in spite of the Host's efforts, the Cook falls from his horse. The pilgrims halt and, with great effort, restore the Cook to his saddle. The Manciple offers to tell a tale instead.
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Phoebus, who slew Phitoun with his bow, was the greatest musician and singer on earth. He had a crow white as a swan, which sang beautifully and could speak. He had a beautiful wife whom he deeply loved and of whom he was very jealous. It is a mistake to think one can guard a woman. Birds, cats, she-wolves follow their nature.
Due to lack of appearance, behavior, and characteristics of the character, the Manciple is one of the least known characters in the Canterbury tales. However, the Manciple's story is a story in which describes his cunning, intelligent, and ruthless behaviors to truly describe who he is a whole. The manciple is someone who's in charge of purchasing food, supplies, and more for a group such as a school, monastery or group of lawyers. Although the Manciple's portrait starts out by holding up this manciple as one who can serve as a great example for other purchasers, it is easy to question the such a man's ethics when after learning that, whether he purchases with cash or on credit, he always ends up ahead in his accounts. Which is why many believe the Manciple is a man of trickery and skills in financial benefits. Due to lack of Chaucer's information on the character, the Manciple's appearance, behavior, characteristics, backstory, and motives are unknown to the general public. Thankfully, Chaucer's story on the Manciple is a great way to learn of the character's skills, attributes, morals, and more as well as how he affects the story.