The Canon's Yeoman's tale is the first told on the third day, and the manciple's is only the second.
The manciple is chaffing the ‘coke’ for having had too much to drink.
The Prologue is self-explanatory; we see how the responsibility passed from the Cook to the manciple.
manciple, you are responsible for the preservation of that Star-fish.
Chaucer repeats the example yet a third time, in the manciple's Tale, H. 163.
manciple, man′si-pl, n. a steward: a purveyor, particularly of a college or an inn of court.
Not the meanest minister among the dishes but is hallowed to me through his imagination, and the Cook goes forth a manciple.
Extra food obtained from the manciple to be eaten in private was called Battels.
The manciple replies in all good humour, that such a proceeding might certainly bring him into trouble.
One of Chaucer's pilgrims is a manciple of the Temple, of whom he gives a good character for his skill in purveying.
"officer or servant who purchases provisions for a college, monastery, etc.," early 13c., from Old French mancipe "servant, official, manciple," from Latin mancipium "servant, slave, slave obtained by legal transfer; the legal purchase of a thing," literally "a taking in hand," from manus "hand" (see manual (adj.)) + root of capere "to take" (see capable).