The Decameron

The Decameron

by

Giovanni Boccaccio

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Pasquino Character Analysis

In Emilia’s fourth tale (IV, 7), Pasquino’s job as the porter of a wool-merchant introduces him to one of the spinners, Simona, who becomes his lover. He demonstrates the sometimes-cruel fortune that falls on lovers when he dies from accidental poisoning. His friends Stramba, Atticciato, Malagevole, and Guccio Imbratta bury him.
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Pasquino Character Timeline in The Decameron

The timeline below shows where the character Pasquino appears in The Decameron. The colored dots and icons indicate which themes are associated with that appearance.
Day 4: Seventh Tale
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...where a poor man’s daughter named Simona is in love with a wool-merchant’s porter named Pasquino. (full context)
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Pasquino brings the merchant’s wool to various spinners, including Simona. Pasquino flirts with her under the... (full context)
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Afterwards, because they planned to have a picnic too, Pasquino plucks a sage-leaf and rubs it against his teeth to keep the food from sticking... (full context)
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Pasquino’s friends Atticciato (“Potbelly”) and Malagevole (“Killjoy”) join Stramba in pressing the magistrate to interrogate Simona.... (full context)
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...her with her lover: within minutes, she has died in the exact same way as Pasquino. The shocked judge orders a gardener to cut down and burn the sage bush, beneath... (full context)