The Decameron

The Decameron

by

Giovanni Boccaccio

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Gisippus, son of Chremes, is Titus Quintus Fulvius’s best friend in Filomena’s tenth tale (X, 8). He demonstrates both generosity and the power of friendship when he helps Titus to secretly marry his own fiancée, Sophronia, in his place. And, later, he’s the recipient of Titus’s generosity when his old friend saves him from execution, restores his lost fortune, and gives him Fulvia (Titus’s sister) as a wife.

Gisippus Quotes in The Decameron

The The Decameron quotes below are all either spoken by Gisippus or refer to Gisippus. 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 10: Eighth Tale Quotes

Friendship, then, is a most sacred thing, not only worthy of singular reverence, but eternally to be praised as the deeply discerning mother of probity and munificence, the sister of gratitude and charity, and the foe of hatred and avarice, ever ready, without waiting to be asked, to do virtuously unto others that which it would wish to be done unto itself. But very seldom in this day and age do we find two persons in whom its hallowed effects may be seen, this being the fault of men’s shameful and miserly greed, which, being solely concerned with seeking its own advantage, has banished friendship to perpetual exile beyond earth’s farthest limits.

Related Characters: Filomena (speaker), Titus Quintus Fulvius, Gisippus
Page Number: 763
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Gisippus Character Timeline in The Decameron

The timeline below shows where the character Gisippus appears in The Decameron. The colored dots and icons indicate which themes are associated with that appearance.
Day 10: Eighth Tale
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...with a philosopher named Aristippus. Titus lives with his father’s friend, Chemes, and Chemes’s son, Gisippus. Titus Quintus Fulvius and Gisippus develop a strong “mutual friendship and brotherliness.” They are only... (full context)
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A few months after Chemes’s death, Gisippus’s family helps arrange his betrothal to lovely, impeccably noble Sophronia. Shortly before the wedding, Titus... (full context)
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...burns with passion. On the one hand, he chastises himself for being unable to treat Gisippus’s fiancée as a sister and tries to “bridle [his] lascivious desires.” He feels that his... (full context)
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Titus spends several exhausting days wrestling with his desires. Gisippus, distressed to discover that Titus has taken to his bed, ties to discover what’s wrong... (full context)
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Gisippus understands Titus’s love: Sophronia’s beauty and his noble spirit—highly susceptible to passionate feelings—virtually guaranteed it.... (full context)
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Titus, inspired by Gisippus’s generous offer, reiterates that his duty lies with his friend. Since God didn’t give him... (full context)
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Titus finally accepts Gisippus’s offer, in part because of his feelings for Sophronia and in part to please his... (full context)
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Titus slips from his bedroom into Gisippus’s adjoining bridal chamber on the wedding night. Taking Sophronia in his arms, he asks her... (full context)
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The families are attacking Gisippus’s character for giving her to Titus. Instead, Titus maintains, they should praise his selfless friendship... (full context)
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...stealth,” but since that isn’t uncommon, no one should be upset. People who think that Gisippus had no right to dispose of Sophronia forget that fortune often works in “strange and... (full context)
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...He also threatens that any attempts to keep his wife from him or to treat Gisippus badly will end with him taking them both with him to Rome, by force if... (full context)
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Left behind in Athens, Gisippus eventually loses the esteem of his fellow citizens. Following factional strife, he’s exiled in extreme... (full context)
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Coincidentally, Titus passes court at that moment, and he recognizes Gisippus by face and voice. Desperate to save his friend’s life, he also confesses to the... (full context)
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Titus takes Gisippus home to Sophronia. After restoring his spirits, giving him nice clothes, and making him co-owner... (full context)
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...increasingly rare in a world directed by greed and self-interest. Only friendship could have inspired Gisippus to give Sophronia to Titus, prevented him from sleeping with her after she became his... (full context)