CANTERBURY TALES--THE MANCIPLE AND HIS TALE 

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666. BRODIE, ALEXANDER H. "Hodge of Ware and Geber's Cook: Wordplay in the Manciple's Prologue." Neuphilologische Mitteilungen 72 (1971):62-68.

Reads the Manciple's Prologue as a complex set of interlinked puns which grow out of the Canon's Yeoman's tale of alchemy and parody the Cook as a mortally drunk, mock-knight.

667. CAMPBELL, JACKSON J. "Polonius Among the Pilgrims." Chaucer Review 7 (1972):140-46.

Characterizes the teller of the Manciple's Tale as a "folksy babbler," full of sentience and misplaced moralism. Suggests that the characterizations of the Manciple in General Prologue and Manciple's Prologue only hint at the personality that dominates the tale.

668. DAVIDSON, ARNOLD B. "The Logic of Confusion in the Manciple's Tale." Annuale Mediaevale 19 (1979):5-13.

Reads the apparent inconsistencies of the Manciple's Tale as intentional attempts by the Manciple to manipulate his audience as he manipulates the Cook in his Prologue and his employers in the General Prologue. Through the Manciple's dishonesty, Chaucer asserts Christian truth ironically.

669. FULK, R.D. "Reinterpreting the Manciple's Tale." JEGP: Journal of English and Germanic Philology 78 (1979):485-93.

Explicates Manciple's Tale as a cogent warning from the Manciple to the Cook. After asserting the insignificance of social rank and the inherent danger of anger, the Manciple warns the Cook, his social equal, to restrain his tongue or beware the consequences.

670. HARWOOD, BRITTON J. "Language and the Real: Chaucer's Manciple." Chaucer Review 6 (1972):268-79.

Contrasts Manciple's Tale and its analogues to show that the subject of the tale is language which the Manciple uses to "sneer at those who can be distracted from empirical reality by language." The tale ironically anticipates the Parson's proper use of language.

671. SCATTERGOOD, V.J. "The Manciple's Manner of Speaking." Essays in Criticism 24 (1974):124-46.

Demonstrates the close integration of the Manciple's Prologue and Tale via their central concern with self-control in speech. The Manciple's verbal dexterity results from his cynical sense of expediency, yet he does not disguise completely his moral weaknesses.

672. SEVERS, J. BURKE. "Is the Manciple's Tale a Success?" JEGP: Journal of English and Germanic Philology 51 (1952):1-16.

Compares Manciple's Tale to its analogues, demonstrating how Chaucer adjusts it to suit the worldly Manciple and the prologue to his tale. Stark characterization and elaborate rhetoric in the tale suggest that the Manciple presents an exemplum of expediency.

673. WOOD, CHAUNCEY. "Speech, the Principle of Contraries, and Chaucer's Tales of the Manciple and the Parson." Mediaevalia 6 (1980):209-29.

Identifies the "principle of contraries" in medieval aesthetics and the understanding of speech in medieval thought, demonstrating how the theme of speech unites the Manciple's and Parson's prologues and tales. The Manciple is a "paradigm of the improper use of speech," and the Parson uses speech only for doctrine.

See also entries 22, 135, 137, 167, 169, 252, 308.

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