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chanticleer

, chantecler
a name for a cock, used esp in fables
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Chanticleer

cajoled by fox into singing; thus captured. [Br. Lit.: Canterbury Tales, “Nun’s Priest’s Tale”]
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The man in the inn appears to his friend in a dream in the middle of the night, first begging for protection against the murderous innkeeper, then in a later dream, reporting the murder and instructing his friend how to find the body before the innkeeper disposes of it (this plot is also the source for the story told by Chaunticleer in Chaucer's Nun's Priest's Tale 2984--3049).
The pace of the poem is leisurely: it runs to 60 stanzas of rime royal and includes a learned disquisition on the origin and nature of dreams worthy of Chaunticleer. After the distraught, unrequited lover finally lapses into sleep out of sheer exhaustion, "Slumber" brings him, "To mitigate the anguish of my thought," the vision of "a Ladie faire (33)" who, at the end of a twelve-stanza blazon, turns out to be "the portraict of the Saint, / Which deepe ingraued in my hart I beare, / The Mistres of my hope, my feare, my plaint" (36).
Finally, ghosts can also serve, as in this case, as a deus ex machina plot device to remedy a gross in injustice that social institutions are unable to deal with ('Mordre wol out', as Chaunticleer says).