The Decameron

The Decameron

by

Giovanni Boccaccio

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Florentine Noblewoman Character Analysis

The Florentine Noblewoman appears in Filomena’s third tale (III, 3), where she is unhappily married to a wealthy but bourgeois wool merchant. Finding her husband beneath her socially, she resolves to take the Florentine Nobleman as her husband instead. She demonstrates the day’s theme—perseverance—and the cleverness that is generally celebrated in The Decameron by using the Florentine Friar as an unwitting go-between to signal her intentions to the Nobleman.

Florentine Noblewoman Quotes in The Decameron

The The Decameron quotes below are all either spoken by Florentine Noblewoman or refer to Florentine Noblewoman. 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:
Love and Sex Theme Icon
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Day 3: Third Tale Quotes

The story I propose to relate […] should prove more agreeable to a lay audience inasmuch as the priesthood consists for the most part of extremely stupid men, inscrutable in their ways, who consider themselves in all respects more worthy and knowledgeable than other people, whereas they are decidedly inferior. They resemble pigs, in fact, for they are too feeble-minded to earn an honest living like everybody else, and so they install themselves wherever they can fill their stomachs.

Page Number: 205
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Florentine Noblewoman Character Timeline in The Decameron

The timeline below shows where the character Florentine Noblewoman appears in The Decameron. The colored dots and icons indicate which themes are associated with that appearance.
Day 3: Third Tale
Love and Sex Theme Icon
Class and Character Theme Icon
A Florentine Noblewoman deeply resents her marriage to a wealthy but bourgeoise wool merchant. She avoids his “beastly... (full context)
Men and Women Theme Icon
Intelligence Theme Icon
Faith vs. Religion Theme Icon
The Florentine Noblewoman approaches the Florentine Friar, who happily agrees to hear her confession since she’s clearly rich.... (full context)
Intelligence Theme Icon
Faith vs. Religion Theme Icon
The Florentine Nobleman is somewhat surprised when the Florentine Friar reproaches him for stalking the Florentine Noblewoman , but because he’s perceptive he realizes something is afoot. He begins to walk past... (full context)
Love and Sex Theme Icon
Intelligence Theme Icon
Class and Character Theme Icon
Faith vs. Religion Theme Icon
The Florentine Noblewoman takes a purse and belt to the Florentine Friar, claiming that the Florentine Nobleman sent... (full context)