The Decameron

The Decameron


Giovanni Boccaccio

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In Lauretta’s sixth tale (VI, 3), Nonna de’ Pulci is a Florentine woman whom many of the brigata knew before she died in the outbreak of the plague. When she was a newlywed, Antonio d’Orso publicly suggested that she would happily have sex with notorious scoundrel Dego della Ratta, but Nonna’s quick wit and stinging response leaves both men feeling ashamed. She demonstrates the power of a quick-witted woman and proves that, sometimes, a biting response is called for.
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Nonna de’ Pulci Character Timeline in The Decameron

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Day 6: Third Tale
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...and Dego della Ratta ride through the streets during St. John’s festival, Antonio points out Nonna de’ Pulci , a new bride living in the neighborhood (who’s since sadly died in the recent... (full context)
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Nonna de’ Pulci , worried about her reputation in the face of Antonio d’Orso’s public words, swiftly retorts:... (full context)