The Canterbury Tales


Geoffrey Chaucer

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The Canterbury Tales: The Nun’s Priest’s Tale Epilogue Summary & Analysis

The Host praises the Nun’s Priest for his merry tale. He says that the Priest would have made for an excellent rooster, with his strong muscles and great neck––all he would need would be hens, which, of course, he cannot have, being a member of the clergy.
In the Nun’s Priest’s Tale, the animals act like humans, and after the tale, the Host turns the tables and compares the Priest himself to the rooster hero of his story, while also getting in a nice dig about how the clergy are bound to lives of chastity.
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