The Decameron

The Decameron

by

Giovanni Boccaccio

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Jealous Merchant Character Analysis

In Fiammetta’s seventh tale (VII, 5), the Jealous Merchant is an example of immoderation. He protects the Jealous Merchant’s Wife so fiercely that he won’t even let her go near the windows, and when she asks to go to confession, he impersonates a priest to spy on her. However, his intelligence doesn’t match his jealousy, and not only is his wife able to see through his disguise, but she turns his ploy into an opportunity to carry on an affair with their neighbor, Filippo.

Jealous Merchant Quotes in The Decameron

The The Decameron quotes below are all either spoken by Jealous Merchant or refer to Jealous Merchant. 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 7: Fifth Tale Quotes

And so it was that the jealous wretch, having thought himself very clever in ferreting out his wife’s secret, saw that he had made an ass of himself. Without saying anything by way of reply, he began to look on his wife as a model of intelligence and virtue. And just as he had worn the mantle of the jealous husband when it was unnecessary, he cast it off completely now that his need for it was paramount. So his clever little wife, having, as it were, acquired a license to enjoy herself, no longer admitted her lover by way of the roof as though he were some kind of cat, but showed him in at the front door. And from that day forth, by proceeding with caution, she spent many an entertaining and delightful hour in his arms.

Related Characters: Fiammetta (speaker), Jealous Merchant, Jealous Merchant’s Wife
Page Number: 513
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Jealous Merchant Character Timeline in The Decameron

The timeline below shows where the character Jealous Merchant appears in The Decameron. The colored dots and icons indicate which themes are associated with that appearance.
Day 7: Fifth Tale
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...picks up on Lauretta’s theme and offers another example of marital jealousy. In Rimini a Jealous Merchant loves the Jealous Merchant’s Wife so much that he imagines everyone else must love her,... (full context)
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Fortune favors the Jealous Merchant ’s Wife, who finds and enlarges a crack that communicates between her house and the... (full context)
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Because his wife’s desire to go to confession has made the Jealous Merchant suspicious, he disguises himself as a priest and waits for her in the chapel. The... (full context)
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Fuming with rage, the Jealous Merchant returns home and tries (unsuccessfully) to conceal his feelings from the Jealous Merchant’s Wife. Telling... (full context)
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The Jealous Merchant lies in wait (while the Jealous Merchant’s Wife and Filippo enjoy themselves) night after night... (full context)
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The Jealous Merchant begins to understand that his jealousy made him act ridiculously, and he starts to look... (full context)