The Decameron

The Decameron

by

Giovanni Boccaccio

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Ferondo’s Wife Character Analysis

Ferondo’s Wife appears in Lauretta’s third tale (III, 8). She suffers from being married to Ferondo, the jealous buffoon. She illustrates several of the unsavory characteristics of women that surface throughout The Decameron: excessive sexuality (she agrees to sleep with the Womanizing Abbot even though she knows it’s wrong) and greed (she is induced by his pretty gifts).

Ferondo’s Wife Quotes in The Decameron

The The Decameron quotes below are all either spoken by Ferondo’s Wife or refer to Ferondo’s Wife. 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 3: Eighth Tale Quotes

“Ferondo, be of good cheer, for God has decreed that you should go back to earth, where, after your return, your wife will present you with a son. See that the child is christened Benedict, for it is in answer to the prayers of your reverend Abbot and your wife, and because of His love for Saint Benedict, that God has done you this favour.”

This announcement was received by Ferondo with great glee.

“I am very glad to hear it,” he said. “God bless Mister Almighty and the Abbot and Saint Benedict and my cheesy-weesy, honey-bunny, sweetie-weetie wife.”

Related Characters: Lauretta (speaker), Womanizing Abbot, Ferondo, Ferondo’s Wife
Page Number: 262
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Ferondo’s Wife Character Timeline in The Decameron

The timeline below shows where the character Ferondo’s Wife appears in The Decameron. The colored dots and icons indicate which themes are associated with that appearance.
Day 3: Eighth Tale
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...with Ferondo, a wealthy but simple-headed man who happens to have a very beautiful wife. Ferondo’s Wife is quite lovely, and Ferondo is jealous and protective. The three often walk together in... (full context)
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Ferondo’s Wife complains to the Womanizing Abbot about being married to a bumpkin like Ferondo and being... (full context)
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...is only a sin of the body, and that saintliness resides in the soul; besides, Ferondo’s Wife should take it as an extreme compliment to her beauty that he, accustomed to seeing... (full context)
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The following day, the Womanizing Abbot visits Ferondo’s Wife to pay his respects—and to arrange to come by later. She readily accepts when she... (full context)
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...things that Ferondo accepts at face value—namely, that the dead still need to eat, that Ferondo’s Wife makes offerings of food and wine to the church and that these offerings are brought... (full context)
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The Bolognese Monk keeps up this charade—while the Womanizing Abbot continues his affair with Ferondo’s Wife —for ten months, until she realizes that she’s pregnant. They agree it’s time to recall... (full context)
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...prayers. Pretending that it’s a miracle, the Abbot instructs him to run home and comfort Ferondo’s Wife . Barely nine months later, she gives birth to “his” son. Ferondo’s resurrection enhances his... (full context)