The Decameron

The Decameron


Giovanni Boccaccio

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Carapresa appears in Emilia’s fifth tale (V, 2). A poor Sicilian woman, she lives in Tunisia and rescues Gostanza when her boat washes ashore. Her name means “precious gain” and she represents renewed hope for Gostanza. She takes the castaway to the kindly Saracen Lady, who ultimately reunites her with Martuccio Gomito. And when the lovers return to Sicily, she goes with them.
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Carapresa Character Timeline in The Decameron

The timeline below shows where the character Carapresa appears in The Decameron. The colored dots and icons indicate which themes are associated with that appearance.
Day 5: Second Tale
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In Susa, a poor woman (later identified as Carapresa) discovers Gostanza. Carapresa speaks Italian, and she coaxes Gostanza into coming home with her and... (full context)