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).