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The Reeve And the Manciple The Reeve Prologue The Reeve is very angry about this story because he feels like the tale was the entire carpentry profession, and because ... – PowerPoint PPT presentation

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Title: The Reeve

The Reeve
  • And the Manciple

The Reeve Prologue
  • The Reeve is very angry about this story because
    he feels like the tale was the entire carpentry
    profession, and because he was formerly a
  • The Reeve decides that he must follow the
    miller's tale by making his a "bleryng of a proud
    milleres eye" or a fictional take down.
  • He tells his tale after the Miller.
  • The Miller's tale was about a carpenter that is
    humiliated by his wife and her lover.

The Reeve's Tale
  • A miller named Simpkin lives in the town of
  • He is Married and has a daughter named Malyne and
    a 6 month old son.
  • He is known for being a thief and stealing corn
    from his customers or filling their sacks of
    flour with less-expensive substances.
  • When the owner of the school gets sick, Simpkin
    takes the opportunity to cheat the school even
    more than usual.
  • 2 students are still at the school, Alain, who is
    a clerk and John. They ask their headmaster to
    see if they can bring the corn to the miller, so
    they can prevent him from stealing it.

Tale Cont.
  • Once the students arrive at the mill by
    horseback, they tell Simpkin that they are just
    there to learn and watch him.
  • But Simpkin is smarter than Alain and John, and
    figures out they are there to see him cheat the
  • In response to figuring this out, he unties their
  • Once the Alain and John figure out that their
    horses are missing they have to spend the rest of
    the day out in the fields looking for them.

Simpkin's Plan
  • This gives the Miller the perfect amount of time
    to steal from the school, he gives the stolen
    flour to his wife to make a cake out of it.
  • After the boys get back from horse chasing they
    offer to pay him for a night to sleep there.
  • Simpkin challenges them to make his single
    bedroom into a grand house. After much
    rearranging, Simpkin and his wife sleep in one
    bed, John and Alan in another, and Malyne in the
    third. And Simpkin son's cradle sits at the foot
    of the miller's bed.

Tale Cont.
  • Both Alain and John decides to take this
    opportunity and rape the Miller's daughter and
  • Alain rapes Malyne, the miller's daughter
  • He figures he's owed this because Simpkin cheated
    him out of the corn. 
  • John does the same but with the miller's wife. 
  • He moves the cradle at the foot of her bed to his
    so she will climb in with him by mistake.
  • In the morning when Alain tries to go back to his
    bed, the misplacement the cradle causes him to
    crawl into bed with Simpkin by accident. Thinking
    he's John, Alain boasts about having sex with
    Malyne all night.
  • After hearing this Simpkin gets out of bed and
    punches Alain in the nose.

Ending of the Tale
  • After punching John Simpkin tumbles onto the bed
    where John and his wife are sleeping.
  • When his wife wakes up, she tries to help her
    husband by hitting the clerks with a staff.
  • But mistakes her husband's bald head for the
    white caps the clerks wear, and knocks him over
    the head instead. 
  • Alain and John take the opportunity and beat
    Simpkin up.
  • After Alain and John beat him up and take the
    cake and run off.

Discussion Questions
  • Do you think that the Reeve's tale ended up being
    revenge on the Miller's story?
  •  Do you think that Alain and John were justified
    in raping the miller's wife and daughter?
  • What are some themes of this tale that relate to
    those of previous tales?

The Manciple Prologue
  • The cook is really drunk and the manciple starts
    making fun of him.
  • The cook get mad but can't do anything thing
    about it since he is so drunk and then he falls
    off his horse.
  • The host says  the cook is too drunk to tell a
    tale and should just try keeping himself out of
    the mud and on his horse.
  • The Host tells the manciple that it is bad to
    mock someone to their face and that the cook
    might get his revenge some day.
  •  The manciple disagrees and gives the cook some
    wine and the cook is extremely thankful.
  •   the Host comments that good drink turns rancor
    into love.

The manciple
  • Phoebus had a white crow that he kept in his
    house. It could imitate the speech of any man and
    it could sing very beautifully. 
  •  He loved his wife even more than his own life,
    but he gets very jealous and watches her very
    closely. If she is faithful, there is no need to
    do so, but if she is unfaithful no amount of
    monitoring will keep her faithful.
  • His wife actually was cheating on him with
    another man who didn't have a good reputation
    like Phoebus.

The manciple
  • One day when Phoebus was gone, his wife sent for
    her lover.
  • The crow saw them together but didn't say
    anything until Phoebus got home. 
  •  The crow said Cokkow! Cokkow! (Cuckold!
    Cuckold!). Phoebus thought the crow was singing a
    new song but then the crow clarified that his
    wife was cheating on him with a man of little
  • Phoebus murdered his wife and then destroyed his
    harp, lute, cithern and psaltry, and snapped his
    arrows and his bow. 
  • He called the crow a traitor and accused the crow
    of lying to him. Then pulled out all of the
    crows white feathers, made him black and took
    away his song and his speech, and left him to the
    devil. That's why crows are black.