The Nun's Priest's Tale

The Nun's Priest's Tale

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Storyboard Description

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).

Storyboard Text

  • 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.
  • cocka-doodl-
  • CHOMP!
  • 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.
  • 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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