The Decameron

The Decameron

by

Giovanni Boccaccio

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Aldobrandino Palermi Character Analysis

Aldobrandino Palermi is the husband of Ermellina, Tedaldo degli Elisi’s lover in Emilia’s third tale (III, 7). He is accused and convicted of Tedaldo’s murder due to the affair. But he demonstrates wisdom and moderation when he promises the disguised Tedaldo that he will forgive his accusers if he is freed from jail.

Aldobrandino Palermi Quotes in The Decameron

The The Decameron quotes below are all either spoken by Aldobrandino Palermi or refer to Aldobrandino Palermi. For each quote, you can also see the other characters and themes related to it (each theme is indicated by its own dot and icon, like this one:
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Day 3: Seventh Tale Quotes

Tedaldo began to reflect how fatally easy it was for people to cram their heads with totally erroneous notions. His thoughts turned first of all to his brothers, who had gone into mourning and buried some stranger in his own stead, after which they had been impelled by their false suspicions to accuse this innocent man and fabricate evidence so as to have him brought under sentence of death. This in turn led him to reflect upon the blind severity of the law and its administrators, who in order to convey the impression that they are zealously seeking the truth, often have recourse to cruelty and falsehood to be accepted as proven fact, hence demonstrating, for all their proud claim to be the ministers of God’s justice, that their true allegiance is to the devil and his iniquities.

Related Characters: Emilia (speaker), Tedaldo degli Elisei, Aldobrandino Palermi
Page Number: 239-240
Explanation and Analysis:
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Aldobrandino Palermi Character Timeline in The Decameron

The timeline below shows where the character Aldobrandino Palermi appears in The Decameron. The colored dots and icons indicate which themes are associated with that appearance.
Day 3: Seventh Tale
Love and Sex Theme Icon
...the story of Tedaldo degli Elisei, who has an affair with Ermellina, the wife of Aldobrandino Palermini. But one day, fortune decrees herself Tedaldo’s enemy, and Ermellina spurns him without explanation.... (full context)
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...brothers in mourning. A neighbor tells him that Tedaldo degli Elisei was recently murdered and Aldobrandino has been convicted of the crime. (full context)
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...through a crack in his door, he overhears three men and a woman whispering about Aldobrandino’s conviction, which will allow them to get away with Tedaldo’s murder. Understanding that Aldobrandino has... (full context)
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...been sent by God to set things right. He proves his prophetic skills by explaining Aldobrandino’s case. He also claims that Ermellina is being punished for the unconfessed sin of snubbing... (full context)
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Hurrying to Aldobrandino, Tedaldo promises to secure his release if he will pardon Tedaldo’s brothers for accusing him... (full context)
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When Aldobrandino is released, he and Ermellina invite the “pilgrim” (Tedaldo) to stay with them. When Tedaldo... (full context)