The Decameron

The Decameron


Giovanni Boccaccio

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Bachelor Filippo Character Analysis

In Fiammetta’s ninth story (IX, 5), Bachelor Filippo is the son of the man who is building the villa where Bruno, Buffalmacco, Calandrino, and Nello are painting. It’s his prostitute, Niccolosa, who becomes the object of Calandrino’s affections, and Filippo joins with the painters in playing an elaborate prank on Calandrino.

Bachelor Filippo Quotes in The Decameron

The The Decameron quotes below are all either spoken by Bachelor Filippo or refer to Bachelor Filippo. 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 9: Fifth Tale Quotes

He gave her a friendly greeting, which she acknowledged, then she began to stare at him, not because she found him the least bit attractive, but because she was fascinated by his odd appearance. Calandrino returned her gaze, and on seeing how beautiful she was, began to think of various excuses for not returning with the water to his companions. However, not knowing who she was, he was afraid to address her, and the girl, perceiving that he was still staring at her, mischievously rolled her eyes at him a couple of times, and fetched a few little sighs, so that Calandrino instantly fell in love with her and stood rooted to the spot till she was called inside by Filippo.

Related Characters: Fiammetta (speaker), Calandrino, Niccolosa, Bachelor Filippo
Page Number: 669-670
Explanation and Analysis:
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Bachelor Filippo Character Timeline in The Decameron

The timeline below shows where the character Bachelor Filippo appears in The Decameron. The colored dots and icons indicate which themes are associated with that appearance.
Day 9: Fifth Tale
Love and Sex Theme Icon The only other people in the mansion are an old housekeeper and Niccolò’s son, Bachelor Filippo , who occasionally comes out to entertain a lady. (full context)
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One of Bachelor Filippo ’s companions is Niccolosa. Although she is a prostitute employed by a Florentine pimp, she... (full context)
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...crush and they plan a prank to play on him. Bruno explains the prank to Bachelor Filippo and Niccolosa, who participate so they can have a “merry time at Calandrino’s expense.” Thus,... (full context)
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Men and Women Theme Icon whatever he wants. Bruno suggests Calandrino take her to the barn for privacy, where Bachelor Filippo and Buffalmacco are already hiding. Meanwhile, Nello entices Tessa to the estate with the chance... (full context)
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Men and Women Theme Icon the ground and then sits astride him, pinning his arms, while Bruno, Buffalmacco, and Bachelor Filippo watch from their secret spot. Just as Calandrino frees his arms and is about to... (full context)