Catella is the object of Ricciardo Minutolo’s affections in Fiammetta’s third tale (III, 6). Her extreme and jealous devotion to her husband, Filippello Sighinolfo, leaves her vulnerable to Ricciardo’s manipulations. She demonstrates the dangers of immoderation (even immoderate love for one’s spouse), and the punishment for her immoderation highlights the inherent vulnerability of women to male subterfuge and blackmail.
Catella Character Timeline in The Decameron
The timeline below shows where the character Catella appears in The Decameron. The colored dots and icons indicate which themes are associated with that appearance.
Day 3: Sixth Tale
...ingenious lover coerces the prudish object of his desire into his embraces. Ricciardo Minutolo loves Catella, the wife of Filippello Sighinolfo. But because she is truly devoted to her husband, all... (full context)
...Minutolo hides himself in the darkest room of the bath house, where he waits for Catella’s arrival. Her suspicions were confirmed the previous evening when Filippello was less affectionate than usual,... (full context)