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The Nuns Priest is a story by Geoffrey Chaucer about an old woman who lived in a small farm in which she kept animals such as a rooster named Chanticleer who is the most handsome rooster with a beautiful crowing voice Chanticleer had seven hen wives as his companions his favorite among them all is Pertelote One Night Chanticleer had a terrible nightmare that a yellow dog chased him and Pertelote mocked him for being a coward telling him that dreams are meaningless visions and are caused by fear She even told him she was willing of getting herbs from an apothecary to cure his illness Chanticleer however believes that dreams are signs that foreshadow the future The character Chanticleer whos presented as divine and has no flaws is described having a comb redder than fine coral with gold feathers flaming bright and is the proud master of seven hens all there to do his pleasure 2 These lines and dramatic physical descriptions seem to be a parody of Beowulf because Chanticleer is given personification and is raised to the status of a hero and while Beowulf being a hero of the Geats an a actual humanChanticleer dreams of a yellow and red beast who tries to kill him but is chastised by his favoured hen Pertelote who labels him a coward advising that dreams are a vanity 217 He is pursued by a fox showing that dreams can be portentous and implying that a man should not yield to his wife The chosen passage begins after the fox has entered the yard unnoticed and the Nuns Priest has digressed into a discussion on the nature of free will and divine foreknowledge The passage opens with him declining further discussion of the matter 226 which may be a way for Chaucer to satirise the tendency of Priests to gloss over such religious paradoxes The Nuns Priest shifts focus to the issue of
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