The Decameron

The Decameron

by

Giovanni Boccaccio

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In Filostrato’s seventh tale (VII, 2), Peronella is a poor spinner married to Peronella’s Husband, although she has taken Giannello Scrignario as her lover. When her husband comes home unexpectedly, she demonstrates both quickness of wit in hiding her lover and brazenness in having sex with him in the same room as her husband.
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Peronella Character Timeline in The Decameron

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Day 7: Second Tale
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...tricks, since displays of their cleverness will caution husbands against trying to deceive women like Peronella. She is a poor spinner, living in Naples with Peronella’s Husband, who is a bricklayer.... (full context)
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But one day, as soon as Giannello Scrignario comes in and Peronella locks the door, Peronella’s Husband returns. Thinking that she’s locked the door to keep other... (full context)
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Peronella replies that she’s just sold the tub for seven ducats, pending her buyer’s inspection of... (full context)