Pilgrim’s Prize (Pt.23): The Manciple’s Tale (Chaucer Journal)
Poor old Phoebus. He got plucked. I guess that’s the life of a loyal servant.
Anyways, this tale is short and sweet. The crux of it is that a great knight’s wife has an affair with another man because her husband is never around; she is held up in the home all day and night and feels caged. So, she lashes out by sleeping with another man. Unbeknownst to her, though, the loyal talking bird Phoebus say the whole thing and relates it to his master. Needless to say, master doesn’t take it too well. Birdo gets… ah… his feathers plucked, something which must be painful to birds. Oh, and the knight’s wife is killed. Moral of the story? Depends but most believe it to be that one can’t stop what comes naturally to a creature in its habitat and that snitches gets stiches (essentially).
Typical Chaucer, then.
And so, here comes “Jeremey”. Jeremey does something to this tale which I never expected—turns it into a reality TV show. Stooped in the vein of gossip television, Jeremey creates a mock episode where Apollo, God of Love, is hosted alongside his wife as their marital problems are aired out for the whole world to see. Complete with even a lie detector test and the dramatic “sometimes I just need to get fu*ked”, the episode is a perfect simulacra of shock television.
Though a simple YouTube video with crude animations, the idea is something not seen before on this project. The concept is original and the medium (video) not heavily used. As an extrapolation of Chaucer’s story, a daytime reality show in the vein of Jerry Springer is the perfect modern incarnation for a tale concerned with infidelity, loyalty, and lust. Though I would have liked to see something more comprehensive, such as better animations or even an acting out of the episode itself with actors, I understand that sometimes it is better to go an easier, cheaper, and simply more practical route.
To conclude, then, I enjoyed this piece. It hit the mark extremely well and didn’t bore me. A fierce 8/10.