The Decameron

The Decameron

by

Giovanni Boccaccio

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In Neifile’s seventh tale (VII, 8), Sismonda is Arriguccio Berlinghieri’s wife and Ruberto’s lover. She demonstrates quick wit when she avoids Arriguccio’s wrathful punishment on discovering her means of communicating with her lover, but she sacrifices the safety of her maid to do so. Having made her husband look like a fool, she continues her affair with impunity.

Monna Sismonda Quotes in The Decameron

The The Decameron quotes below are all either spoken by Monna Sismonda or refer to Monna Sismonda. 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: Eighth Tale Quotes

God in heaven, you think he had picked you up out of the gutter! […] These country yokels, they move into town after serving as cut-throat to some petty rustic tyrant, and wander about the streets in rags and tatters, their trousers all askew, with a quill sticking out from their backsides, and no sooner do they get a few pence in their pockets than they want the daughters of noble gentlemen and fine ladies for their wives. And they devise a coat of arms for themselves and go about saying: “I belong to such-and-such a family” and “My people did so-and-so.”

Page Number: 531
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Monna Sismonda Character Timeline in The Decameron

The timeline below shows where the character Monna Sismonda appears in The Decameron. The colored dots and icons indicate which themes are associated with that appearance.
Day 7: Eighth Tale
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...tries to climb the social ladder through his marriage to a nobleman’s daughter named Monna Sismonda. His business frequently takes him away from home, so she takes a young man named... (full context)
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Monna Sismonda comes up with a system to communicate with Ruberto: she ties a string around her... (full context)
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...hot pursuit. Eventually, Ruberto turns to face Arriguccio, and the two begin to fight. Monna Sismonda wakes up alone in her bed and guesses what has happened. She persuades her maid... (full context)
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After Arriguccio Berlinghieri storms off, Monna Sismonda moves the maid (arranging for her medical care), makes the bed, dresses herself, and sits... (full context)
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To make a long story short, Monna Sismonda’s brothers tell her Arriguccio Berlinghieri’s allegations. She claims that this is the first time he’s... (full context)
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Sismonda’s mother attacks “yokels” (like Arriguccio Berlinghieri) who think that they can make it as noblemen... (full context)