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Discuss the main theme of "The Nun's Priest's Tale" in The Canterbury Tales.

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The famous story of Chanticleer and Pertelote has a clear message to it, which is particularly heightened when we remember the person who is telling the tale. Chanticleer is shown to be a creature that is easily beguiled by the words of Pertelote, and in particular her rebuke about the seriousness with which he takes his dream:

"Alas!" cried she. "For, by the Lord above,

Now you have lost my heart, lost all my love.

I cannot love a coward, that I swear!"

It is his love for her...

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