In Lauretta’s eighth tale (VIII, 9), Simone da Villa is the victim of one of Bruno and Buffalmacco’s tricks. He reappears in Filostrato’s ninth tale (IX, 3), where he helps Bruno, Buffalmacco, and Nello convince Calandrino that he’s pregnant. Simone is a pretentious doctor who has little intelligence or insight and very low taste in women. He cultivates Bruno’s friendship to gain access to a fictional secret society, treating them to fine meals and giving them gifts. Even after they trick him, he continues to entertain them so they won’t share the story of his humiliation around town.
Simone da Villa Character Timeline in The Decameron
The timeline below shows where the character Simone da Villa appears in The Decameron. The colored dots and icons indicate which themes are associated with that appearance.
Day 8: Ninth Tale
...return tit for tat or who prank gullible people shouldn’t be judged too harshly. Master Simone da Villa is one of those gullible people. After studying medicine at Bologna, he moves to Florence... (full context)
Noting that Bruno and Buffalmacco are always happy and carefree, despite being poor painters, Simone da Villa concludes that they must have a secret source of money. He cultivates Bruno’s friendship, and... (full context)
The next morning, Bruno and Buffalmacco paint bruises on their chests and visit Simone da Villa , who still reeks. They complain that they were mercilessly beaten after their nominated member... (full context)
Day 9: Third Tale
Calandrino takes the medicine as directed, and after three days, Simone da Villa declares him restored. Calandrino tells everyone about his miraculously fast and painless miscarriage-inducing treatment; Bruno,... (full context)