This is the third of four parts of seeing the hidden images within the Canterbury Pilgrims.
Libra/ the Manciple Chaucer doesn't attempt to describe weighing scales in terms of a human being. but tells of the Manciple's business capabilities instead. A manciple is the sevant who buys provisions. He's "a purchasing agent." Rather than scales used in transactions, the word Libra, itself, means a purchasing agent. It signifies "pound," the British pound symbolized by £, which stands for libra. With no effort at all, this Manciple, as Libra, is money, the efficient agent of business transactions.
Scorpio/ the Reeve Chaucer bypasses the many, bright stars of Scorpio. He concentrates on the scorpion image instead. Ancients described the living creature, with its claw-like pincers and a long, upturned tail, as a predator that haunts thicket and field. A scorpion's habit is to live most of its life alone in barns or deserted buildings. Death, from their venom, can come in less than an hour. Chaucer's Reeve--the overseer and accountant of a manor--is slender and bad-tempered. He is hairless and has legs like sticks. He keeps watch over storage areas. And is as dreaded as if he were death itself. He prefers dwelling in the shadows on uncultivated land. The detail of being hindermost of the group point to the scorpion's extensive physical structure at the rear.
Sagittarius/ the Merchant Sagittarius has no outstandingly bright stars. The image high on a horse he sat fits only one sign in the zodiac. Picture the torso of a man joined to the shoulder area of a horse, and always illustrated with a beard ad tousled hair. Chaucer covers both detalis with a forked beard and a beaver hat. The creature's hooves are noted as boots neatly clasped. Because we are dealing with a man-beast the poet says men know not what to call him.
The next post will cover Capricorn, Aquarius and Pisces. That will complete our lifting the disguises of the zodiac.
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