Although both the Mancipal and the Oxford Clerik are very smart, the Manciple uses his smarts for outsmarting his bosses, while the Clerik uses his for reading and writing. Both of these characters in Chaucer’s poem, The Canterbury Tales, have similarities and differences. These similarities and differences will be shown in the following paragraphs.
First, the differences of these two characters. To start, the Manciple is from the Inner Temple, while the Clerik is from the City. Next, the Manciple is uneducated but has street smarts, while the Clerik is very educated and has book smarts. It is also stated that the Clerik gets all of his money from his friends and repays them in prayer. Also the Manciple is hefty, meaning he has a good amount of money while the Clerik is skinny, same with his horse, and has little money.
Now, the similarities between the Manciple and Clerik. They both are very smart as you have read. They also both use their money on only what is important to them. The Manciple uses his money on victuals or food, while the Clerik uses his money on books and education. Also men would follow either one of their example as a leader.
In conclusion, both the Manciple and the Clerik are very smart weather educated or not. They both spend money on only what is important to them, and are different people from a different part of town. Also they give a good example on what money should be used on other then luxuries. But I guess they are both holy people that Chaucer approves of in the end, or are they?