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A very poor widow lives in a small cottage with her two daughters

A very poor widow lives in a small cottage with her two daughters

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A very poor widow lives in a small cottage with her two daughters. Her main possession is a noble  cock called Chaunticleer. This rooster is beautiful, and nowhere in the land is there a cock who can  match him in crowing. He is the master, so he thinks, of seven lovely hens. The loveliest of these is  the beautiful and gracious Lady Pertelote. She holds the heart of Chaunticleer and shares in all his  glories and all his problems. One spring morning, Chaunticleer awakens from a terrible dream of a beast roaming in the yard  trying to seize him. This beast's color and markings were much the same as a fox. Lady Pertelote  cries out, "For shame . . . . Fie on you / heartless coward" ("Avoi (coward) . . . fy on you, herteless")  and tells him that being afraid of dreams is cowardly and that, by showing such fear, he has lost her  love. She tells him he dreamed because he ate too much and that it is well known that dreams have 
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