In Pampinea’s fourth tale (IV, 2), Lisetta is the wife of a wealthy Venetian merchant and Friar Alberto’s lover. Her character both satirizes Venetians (trade rivals of the Florentines) as gullible, talkative, and less than intelligent—as her various nicknames (Numbskull, Birdbrain) indicate. Her vanity further exemplifies misogynistic stereotypes of female sins.
Lisetta Character Timeline in The Decameron
The timeline below shows where the character Lisetta appears in The Decameron. The colored dots and icons indicate which themes are associated with that appearance.
Day 4: Second Tale
...Venetians is the wife of a wealthy merchant, a “frivolous and scatterbrained” woman named Monna Lisetta. While her husband is away, she comes to Friar Alberto for confession, during which he... (full context)