The Decameron

The Decameron


Giovanni Boccaccio

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In Filostrato’s fifth tale (V, 4), Caterina is born to Lizio da Valbona and Giacomina as her father is reaching old age. She falls in love with her neighbor, Ricciardo de’ Manardi, and arranges to sleep with him under her parents’ noses. When they find the lovers sleeping naked together in the morning, Caterina’s parents insist that they marry each other immediately, and so their sexual impatience grants them access to the rolls of happy lovers.

Caterina Quotes in The Decameron

The The Decameron quotes below are all either spoken by Caterina or refer to Caterina. 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 5: Fourth Tale Quotes

When there was no longer any sound to be heard, Ricciardo climbed over a wall with the aid of a ladder, then climbed up to the side of the house by clinging with great difficulty to a series of stones projecting from the wall. At every moment of the ascent, he was in serious danger of falling, but in the end he reached the balcony unscathed, where he was silently received by the girl with very great rejoicing. After exchanging many kisses, they lay down together and for virtually the entire night they had delight and joy of one another, causing the nightingale to sing at frequent intervals.

Related Characters: Filostrato (speaker), Caterina, Ricciardo de’ Manardi
Page Number: 396
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Caterina Character Timeline in The Decameron

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Day 5: Fourth Tale
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...Messer Lizio da Valbona and his wife Madonna Giacomina cherish their daughter (later identified as Caterina), determined to marry her to no one less than a great nobleman. The couple is... (full context)
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Ricciardo de’ Manardi da Brettinoro suggests that Caterina ask for permission to sleep on a balcony overlooking the garden, where he can climb... (full context)
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Caterina’s bed, with curtains hanging around it, is placed on the balcony. That night, she signals... (full context)
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Lizio da Valbona summons Madonna Giacomina to see how Caterina has “succeeded in waylaying” the nightingale and “is holding it in her hand.” Because of... (full context)