The Canterbury Tales: Novel Summary: The Nun Priest's Tale

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The Nun Priest's Tale

An old poor widow lived with two daughters and three pigs, and they lived in a thrifty way, not wasting any food or eating too much at one meal.  The widow didn't drink, and so she was quite healthy.  She kept a rooster named Chantecleer, and he was a good timekeeper and a very handsome-looking bird.  Chantecleer had a girlfriend named Pertelote, and they had been lovers ever since they were children.  Chantecleer has a dream that he is almost killed by a dog-like creature, and tells this to his wife.  Pertelote gets angry with him, and scolds him for being a coward.  Then she suggests some remedies for his sleep troubles.  They bicker about the validity of dreams, and Chantecleer gives many historical evidences for dreams that come true.  The next day, a fox sneaks up to Chantecleer, and the fox starts to flatter the rooster.  Chantecleer forgets his dream and his fear, and then the fox pounces on him. His lady saves the rooster, and when the fox tries to flatter the rooster again, Chantecleer refuses to come near him and remembers his lesson. 

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