The Decameron

The Decameron

by

Giovanni Boccaccio

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Restagnone Character Analysis

In Lauretta’s fourth tale (IV, 3), Restagnone is a nobleman by birth, but his family has fallen into poverty. He plans to enrich himself and run away with his lover, Ninetta, recruiting Folco and Ughetto to join them. In Crete, he falls in love with someone new, inciting Ninetta’s extreme wrath, and he dies at her jealous hands, yet another victim of unlucky love.
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Restagnone Character Timeline in The Decameron

The timeline below shows where the character Restagnone appears in The Decameron. The colored dots and icons indicate which themes are associated with that appearance.
Day 4: Third Tale
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...and their younger sister is named Bertella. Ninetta loves a poor but noble-born man named Restagnone, and they’ve been carrying on an affair for a while. Meanwhile, two wealthy young men,... (full context)
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When Restagnone learns about the men courting Ninetta’s sisters, he thinks he can repair his own fortune... (full context)
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But, as everyone knows, too much of a good thing often leads to sorrow. Restagnone becomes bored with Ninetta and falls in love with a Cretan girl. Ninetta, “distraught with... (full context)
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When the crone runs afoul of the law, she confesses to her part in Restagnone’s murder, and the Duke of Crete arrests Ninetta. Folco, Ughetto, and their ladies beg leniency... (full context)