The Decameron

The Decameron

by

Giovanni Boccaccio

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In Emilia’s sixth tale (VI, 8), Cesca is the spoiled niece of Fresco da Celatico. Cesca is an unflattering caricature of a stuck-up, unintelligent, and impatient girl. In a day of tales that are frequently concerned with the power that women gain through wit and wisdom, Cesca provides an unflattering counterexample of how unpleasant an unintelligent woman can be.
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Cesca Character Timeline in The Decameron

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Day 6: Eighth Tale
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A gentleman named Fresco da Celatico has a niece called Cesca. She’s pretty enough, but she has a high opinion of herself and criticizes everything and... (full context)
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One day, Cesca returns from a walk “fretting and fuming.” When Fresco da Celatico asks her why she’s... (full context)