Simona appears in Emilia’s fourth tale (IV, 7), where she is a working-class woman who falls in love with the similarly poor Pasquino. Their tragic affair—both die of poisoning—aligns with the day’s theme of unlucky lovers and demonstrates that love is just as capable of finding a place among the lowly as among the noble.
Simona Character Timeline in The Decameron
The timeline below shows where the character Simona appears in The Decameron. The colored dots and icons indicate which themes are associated with that appearance.
Day 4: Seventh Tale
...food from sticking to them. But while he’s still discussing the picnic, he suddenly dies. Simona’s wails attract the attention of Lagina and Stramba. They rush over to see Pasquino’s body... (full context)
Pasquino’s friends Atticciato (“Potbelly”) and Malagevole (“Killjoy”) join Stramba in pressing the magistrate to interrogate Simona. Unsure what to think, he takes her to the garden and asks her to show... (full context)