In Emilia’s seventh tale (VII, 1), Monna Tessa is the unsatisfied wife of Gianni Lotteringhi. She takes Federigo di Neri Pegolotti as a lover and demonstrates the quick wit of Day VII’s tricky wives when she uses a fake exorcism to warn Federigo off and hide her affair from her husband.
Monna Tessa Character Timeline in The Decameron
The timeline below shows where the character Monna Tessa appears in The Decameron. The colored dots and icons indicate which themes are associated with that appearance.
Day 7: First Tale
...them. In Florence, successful merchant and devout Christian Gianni Lotteringhi lives with his wife, Monna Tessa. Quick, intelligent Monna Tessa (daughter of Mannuccio dalla Cuculia) takes Federigo di Neri Pegolotti as... (full context)
Day 8: Third Tale
Day 8: Sixth Tale
...and Buffalmacco. A small country farm made up part of the dowry of Calandrino’s wife (Tessa). Every year they’re entitled to a pig, which they slaughter and preserve. One year, when... (full context)
...the heliotrope incident and declares that Calandrino can’t fool them anymore. He threatens to tell Tessa, unless Calandrino gives them some chickens. Hoping to avoid further trouble, Calandrino gives in, and... (full context)
Day 9: Third Tale
...takes his pulse, and declares that he is pregnant. Howling with dismay, Calandrino complains it’s Tessa’s fault, since she likes to be on top during sex. She leaves, embarrassed by this... (full context)
...painless miscarriage-inducing treatment; Bruno, Buffalmacco, and Nello congratulate themselves on getting around his avarice; and Tessa, not deceived by the whole affair, complains about it for a long time afterward. (full context)
Day 9: Fifth Tale
...the barn for privacy, where Bachelor Filippo and Buffalmacco are already hiding. Meanwhile, Nello entices Tessa to the estate with the chance to pay Calandrino back for beating her over the... (full context)