In Emilia’s fourth tale (IV, 7) Stramba’s proper name is Puccino, but he goes by his nickname, which means “Dotty Joe” (a.k.a. “Weirdo”). He is Pasquino’s friend and Ligina’s lover and is in the garden when Pasquino dies. He leads Atticciato and Malagevole in harassing Simona in front of the magistrate and trying to get her executed for murder. But when the horrible accidental nature of Pasquino’s and Simona’s deaths is revealed, he joins with his friends and Guccio Imbratta to give them a proper burial.
Stramba Character Timeline in The Decameron
The timeline below shows where the character Stramba appears in The Decameron. The colored dots and icons indicate which themes are associated with that appearance.
Day 4: Seventh Tale
...in a certain pleasant garden. They meet there with their friends Lagina and Puccino (called Stramba or “Dotty Joe”). They pair off in different corners of the garden, with Simona and... (full context)
...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 swollen and covered in dark blotches. Stramba accuses... (full context)
...sage bush, beneath which they discover a toad whose foul breath has poisoned the leaves. Stramba, Atticciato, Guccio Imbratta, and Malagevole bury Pasquino and Simona in their local church. (full context)