The Decameron

The Decameron

by

Giovanni Boccaccio

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In Emilia’s eighth tale (VIII, 4), the Provost is the priest who falls in love with Monna Piccarda. Because he continues to pursue her even after she’s made her disinterest clear, she and her brothers trick him into sleeping with her ugly maid, Cuitazza, and then expose his dalliance to the bishop. He shows how clever and resourceful people can get the best of insufferable, arrogant, and spoiled people.

Provost Quotes in The Decameron

The The Decameron quotes below are all either spoken by Provost or refer to Provost. 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:
Love and Sex Theme Icon
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Day 8: Fourth Tale Quotes

“Heaven be praised!” said the Provost, who could scarce contain his joy. “To tell you the truth, madam, I am amazed that you should have held out for so long, seeing that this has never happened to me with any woman before. And in fact, I have sometimes had occasion to reflect, that if women were made of silver you couldn’t turn them into coins, as they bend too easily. But no more of this, when and where can we be together?”

Related Characters: Provost (speaker), Emilia, Piccarda
Page Number: 571
Explanation and Analysis:
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Provost Character Timeline in The Decameron

The timeline below shows where the character Provost appears in The Decameron. The colored dots and icons indicate which themes are associated with that appearance.
Day 8: Fourth Tale
Love and Sex Theme Icon
Men and Women Theme Icon
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Faith vs. Religion Theme Icon
...Fiesole’s main church with her two brothers. There she catches the eye of the church’s Provost, who falls in love with her. Despite his mature age, he acts like a spoiled... (full context)
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Men and Women Theme Icon
Intelligence Theme Icon
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...appeal to his sense of virtue rather than reject his advances outright, but when the Provost refuses virtue and continues to pressure her, she resolves to teach him a lesson (with... (full context)
Love and Sex Theme Icon
Men and Women Theme Icon
Class and Character Theme Icon
...gift of a new smock for her troubles, Piccarda asks her to sleep with the Provost and Cuitazza readily agrees. When the Provost steals into the room after dark, he takes... (full context)
Love and Sex Theme Icon
Men and Women Theme Icon
Class and Character Theme Icon
...They take him to Monna Piccarda’s room, where the light from their torches reveals the Provost, so spent from his furious riding that he’s fallen asleep, in Cuitazza’s arms. The unfortunate... (full context)