The Decameron

The Decameron


Giovanni Boccaccio

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Lady of Guiglielmo Fortress Character Analysis

The Lady of Guiglielmo Fortress appears in Filostrato’s second tale (II, 2) as an unnamed widow who has become the lover of a local lord. She demonstrates misogynistic medieval stereotypes about excessive female lust when she sleeps with Rinaldo d’Asti, a stranger, after her lover fails to show up. She is also an agent of fortune in rescuing Rinaldo from the harsh elements.

Lady of Guiglielmo Fortress Quotes in The Decameron

The The Decameron quotes below are all either spoken by Lady of Guiglielmo Fortress or refer to Lady of Guiglielmo Fortress. 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
Day 2: Third Tale Quotes

The whole company, men and ladies alike, listened with admiration to the adventures of Rinaldo d’Asti, commending his piety and giving thanks to God and Saint Julian, who had come to his rescue in the hour of his greatest need. Nor, moreover, was the lady considered to have acted foolishly (even though nobody openly said so) for the way she had accepted the blessing that God had left on her doorstep. And while everyone was busy talking, with half-suppressed mirth, about the pleasant night the lady had spent, Pampinea […] started planning what to say.

Page Number: 82-83
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Lady of Guiglielmo Fortress Character Timeline in The Decameron

The timeline below shows where the character Lady of Guiglielmo Fortress appears in The Decameron. The colored dots and icons indicate which themes are associated with that appearance.
Day 2: Second Tale
Men and Women Theme Icon
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Faith vs. Religion Theme Icon
The door leads to the home of a widowed Lady of Guiglielmo Fortress who has become a local aristocrat’s mistress. Expecting a visit from the... (full context)
Love and Sex Theme Icon
Men and Women Theme Icon
Rinaldo is handsome, and the Lady is already in a romantic mood. To her eyes, Rinaldo is a gift from fortune.... (full context)
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First thing in the morning, the Lady gives Rinaldo some old clothes and money, secretly letting him out through the door. He... (full context)
Day 2: Third Tale
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While everyone is laughing at Rinaldo’s good fortune (and the Lady’s!) Pampinea prepares to tell her tale, which will illustrate how inscrutable fortune’s motives are. She... (full context)