The Nun's Priest's Tale
By zaneg, Updated
Exposition: "She had a yard that was enclosed about / By a stockade and dry ditch without, / In which she kept a cock called Chanticleer" (Chaucer 233).
Rising Action: "I dreamt that roaming up and down while / Within our yard I saw a kind of beast, / A sort of hound that tried or seemed at least" (234).
Climax: "He then began to sing with all his might. / Sir Russel Fox leapt in to the attack, / Grabbing his gorge he flung him o'er his back / And off he bore him to the woods, the brute" (246).
Falling Action: "And [Chanticleer] said 'Sir Fox, if I were you, as God's / My witness, i would round upon these clods / and shout, "Turn back, you saucy bumpkins all!"' (248).
Resolution: "[The Fox] Opened his mouth and spoke. The nimble bird, / Breaking away upon the uttered word, / Flew high into the tree-tops on the spot" (248).
A poor widow lives in a small cottage with her two daughters, and owns a beautiful rooster named Chanticleer.
One night, Chanticleer has a terrible dream about a terrifying fox-like beast. His hen wife, Pertelote tells him he is a coward and to forget about the dream. However, Chanticleer believes that dreams mean much more.
AAAAAHH! I just had the most terrifying dream!
Stop being a coward
Chanticleer spots a fox lurking in the Cabbage field, and the fox convinces the rooster that he just wants to hear Chanticleer sing.
I just want to hear you sing!
As Chanticleer closes his eyes and opens his mouth, preparing to sing, the fox grabs the rooster by the neck and runs off with him into the woods.
The widow and her daughters begin to chase and yell at the fox, and Chanticleer convinces the fox to open his mouth and taunt them.
hey...you should yell at those people chasing you right now...
When the fox opens its mouth, Chanticleer leaps out and flies to safety in a tree above.
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