The Decameron

The Decameron


Giovanni Boccaccio

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Money-lenders Character Analysis

When Ruggieri d’Aieroli renders himself accidentally unconscious in Dioneo’s fourth tale (IV, 10), Mazzeo’s Wife and the Trusted Maid hide his body in a chest which these two Money-lenders subsequently steal. Conforming to medieval stereotypes of moneylenders, these men are both cheap and dishonest, stealing the chest so they don’t have to spend as much money on furnishing their new home.
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Money-lenders Character Timeline in The Decameron

The timeline below shows where the character Money-lenders appears in The Decameron. The colored dots and icons indicate which themes are associated with that appearance.
Day 4: Tenth Tale
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But two Money-lenders, recently arrived in the neighborhood, decide to steal the trunk because they need furniture and... (full context)
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The Money-lenders sleep through this commotion, but their ladies hear the crash and the sound of Ruggieri... (full context)
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...friends or family show any intention of helping him out. She also discovers that the Money-lenders had taken the trunk into their home. (full context)
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...same story she gave the doctor. The judge summons Mazzeo della Montagna, the carpenter, the Money-lenders, and Ruggieri d’Aieroli for testimony, and after hearing all the evidence, he finds Ruggieri innocent.... (full context)