The Decameron

The Decameron

by

Giovanni Boccaccio

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The Sicilian woman appears in Fiammetta’s second tale (II, 5). She is a beautiful, amoral criminal who cons Andreuccio out of his money, clothes, and dignity by pretending to be his long-lost half-sister in an elaborate con. She offers a warning to those who are too willing to believe women of low moral standing, like her fellow Sicilian, Jancofiore (VIII, 10).

Sicilian Woman Quotes in The Decameron

The The Decameron quotes below are all either spoken by Sicilian Woman or refer to Sicilian Woman. 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:
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Day 2: Fifth Tale Quotes

Nature demanded that he should relieve his belly, which was inordinately full, so he asked […] where he could do it, and the boy showed him a door in one of the corners of the room […] Andreuccio passed jauntily through, and chanced to step on to a plank, which came away at its other end from the beam on which it was resting, so that it flew up in the air and fell into the lower regions, taking Andreuccio with it. Although he had fallen from a goodly height, he mercifully suffered no injury; but he got himself daubed from head to foot in the filthy mess with which the place was literally swimming.

Related Characters: Fiammetta (speaker), Andreuccio di Pietro, Sicilian Woman
Related Symbols: Fortune
Page Number: 103
Explanation and Analysis:
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Sicilian Woman Character Timeline in The Decameron

The timeline below shows where the character Sicilian Woman appears in The Decameron. The colored dots and icons indicate which themes are associated with that appearance.
Day 2: Fifth Tale
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While Andreuccio naively flashes his cash, he catches the attention of a beautiful young Sicilian Woman . She would love his money, but for the moment she walks on. The old... (full context)
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After preventing the old woman from keeping her appointment, the Sicilian Woman sends a servant to convey Andreuccio to her home. When the servant tells Andreuccio that... (full context)
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...better, he thinks it’s a perfectly respectable part of town. When he arrives at the Sicilian Woman ’s home, her beauty and rich clothing impress him. He’s taken aback when she warmly... (full context)
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The Sicilian Woman finally explains her strange behavior. She claims that she’s Andreuccio’s half-sister and that her mother—a... (full context)
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Andreuccio believes the Sicilian Woman ’s story, both because she speaks with assurance and because her tale matches what he... (full context)
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When Andreuccio prepares to return to the inn for supper, the Sicilian Woman feigns hurt and insists that he show his love for her by staying for supper.... (full context)
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...into the muck below. Cursing his bad luck, he shouts loudly for help. Meanwhile, the Sicilian Woman locks the doors to the house and takes the contents of his purse.  (full context)
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...has been hoodwinked, Andreuccio climbs out of the cesspit and begins to pound on the Sicilian Woman ’s door. The servant, barely able to contain her laugher, pretends to not know him.... (full context)