The Decameron

The Decameron

by

Giovanni Boccaccio

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Lisabetta’s Brothers Character Analysis

Lisabetta’s Brothers appear in Filomena’s fourth tale (IV, 5) as the agents of Lisabetta’s unlucky love affair. They initially fail to find her a suitable husband, then they murder her bourgeois lover, Lorenzo, to protect their sister’s reputation—and their own. Eventually, they abandon Lisabetta and flee lest their crime be discovered.
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Lisabetta’s Brothers Character Timeline in The Decameron

The timeline below shows where the character Lisabetta’s Brothers appears in The Decameron. The colored dots and icons indicate which themes are associated with that appearance.
Day 4: Fifth Tale
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...the fate of Gerbino and the Tunisian Princess, begins the story of Lisabetta next. Because Lisabetta’s Brothers inexplicably failed to arrange a proper marriage for her after their father’s death, she falls... (full context)
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Lisabetta’s Brothers invite Lorenzo on a pleasure trip to the country, then murder him and bury his... (full context)
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...cried herself to sleep, Lorenzo appears to Lisabetta in a dream. He tells her that Lisabetta’s Brothers murdered him and describes where they buried him. Without mentioning the dream to her brothers,... (full context)
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...basil grows luxuriantly, but Lisabetta’s strange behavior attracts the attention of her neighbors. At first, Lisabetta’s Brothers just chide her for being strange, but when she continues, they steal the pot, dig... (full context)