The Decameron

The Decameron

by

Giovanni Boccaccio

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In Panfilo’s fourth tale (IV, 6), Andreuola is the daughter of Negro de Pontecarraro. She and Gabriotto have secretly married, but she becomes an unlucky lover when he unexpectedly dies. She preserves her honor and demonstrates her fidelity by marrying Gabriotto instead of just taking him as a lover, by defending herself against a judge who tries to extort sex from her in the wake of the tragedy, and by retiring to a convent to live out her days.
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Andreuola Character Timeline in The Decameron

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Day 4: Sixth Tale
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In Brescia, nobleman Negro da Pontecarraro has an unmarried and very beautiful daughter named Andreuola. She falls in love with her neighbor, Gabriotto, who is handsome and admirable although he... (full context)
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One night, Andreuola dreams that she and Gabriotto are making love in the garden when a dark shadow... (full context)
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Gabriotto laughs at Andreuola when she tells him her dream, since he thinks it’s silly to believe in dreams.... (full context)
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Andreuola is terrified, and as she feared, Gabriotto drops dead after a few minutes. Andreuola tries... (full context)
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Andreuola places her wedding ring on Gabriotto’s finger, and the two women carry him out of... (full context)
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...Negro da Pontecarraro hurries to the Magistrate’s office. After hearing the whole story, he demands Andreuola’s release. To get ahead of potential rape accusations, the Magistrate praises her chastity, tells her... (full context)
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Andreuola falls at Negro da Pontecarraro’s feet, weeping and begging forgiveness for marrying without his permission.... (full context)
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Gabriotto’s family joins Andreuola’s to mourn the young man’s death, and he is grieved in splendor in the garden... (full context)
Day 4: Seventh Tale
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Filostrato demonstrates his lack of pity for Andreuola by bidding Emilia to begin her story immediately. While it bears a similarity to Panfilo’s—hers... (full context)