The Decameron

The Decameron

by

Giovanni Boccaccio

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Titus Quintus Fulvius Character Analysis

Titus Quintus Fulvius appears in Filomena’s tenth tale (X, 8), where he is a noble Roman youth and brother of Fulvia. When he travels to Athens to study, he becomes best friends with Gisippus. He is the recipient of Gisippus’s generosity when his friend hands over his fiancée, Sophronia, with whom Titus is hopelessly in love. And he shows his own generosity when he doesn’t hesitate to risk his life to save Gisippus from execution for a crime he didn’t commit.

Titus Quintus Fulvius Quotes in The Decameron

The The Decameron quotes below are all either spoken by Titus Quintus Fulvius or refer to Titus Quintus Fulvius. 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 10: Eighth Tale Quotes

Friendship, then, is a most sacred thing, not only worthy of singular reverence, but eternally to be praised as the deeply discerning mother of probity and munificence, the sister of gratitude and charity, and the foe of hatred and avarice, ever ready, without waiting to be asked, to do virtuously unto others that which it would wish to be done unto itself. But very seldom in this day and age do we find two persons in whom its hallowed effects may be seen, this being the fault of men’s shameful and miserly greed, which, being solely concerned with seeking its own advantage, has banished friendship to perpetual exile beyond earth’s farthest limits.

Related Characters: Filomena (speaker), Titus Quintus Fulvius, Gisippus
Page Number: 763
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Titus Quintus Fulvius Character Timeline in The Decameron

The timeline below shows where the character Titus Quintus Fulvius appears in The Decameron. The colored dots and icons indicate which themes are associated with that appearance.
Day 10: Eighth Tale
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...nevertheless capable of “laudable generosity.” During the Roman triumvirate, Publius Quintus Fulvius sends his son, Titus Quintus Fulvius, to study at Athens with a philosopher named Aristippus. Titus lives with his... (full context)
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...Gisippus’s family helps arrange his betrothal to lovely, impeccably noble Sophronia. Shortly before the wedding, Titus asks to meet her, and when Gisippus takes him to her home, while trying to... (full context)
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Titus locks himself in his bedroom to meditate on Sophronia’s beauty, but the more he broods,... (full context)
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Titus spends several exhausting days wrestling with his desires. Gisippus, distressed to discover that Titus has... (full context)
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Gisippus understands Titus’s love: Sophronia’s beauty and his noble spirit—highly susceptible to passionate feelings—virtually guaranteed it. Additionally, Titus... (full context)
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Titus, inspired by Gisippus’s generous offer, reiterates that his duty lies with his friend. Since God... (full context)
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Titus finally accepts Gisippus’s offer, in part because of his feelings for Sophronia and in part... (full context)
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Titus slips from his bedroom into Gisippus’s adjoining bridal chamber on the wedding night. Taking Sophronia... (full context)
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Eventually, Titus loses patience with the gossip and anger. Believing that these Greeks need to be humbled... (full context)
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The families are attacking Gisippus’s character for giving her to Titus. Instead, Titus maintains, they should praise his selfless friendship and great wisdom. For friendship, Titus... (full context)
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Moreover, Titus claims, there is nothing inappropriate about the way his marriage happened. It did happen “secretly,... (full context)
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Titus concludes that the families will “cheerfully accept” the situation “if [they] are wise.” It could... (full context)
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...in extreme poverty. He makes his way to Rome, in hopes of finding help with Titus. But when Titus fails to recognize him in his beggar’s rags, he believes that his... (full context)
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Coincidentally, Titus passes court at that moment, and he recognizes Gisippus by face and voice. Desperate to... (full context)
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Titus takes Gisippus home to Sophronia. After restoring his spirits, giving him nice clothes, and making... (full context)
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...directed by greed and self-interest. Only friendship could have inspired Gisippus to give Sophronia to Titus, prevented him from sleeping with her after she became his friend’s wife, and made him... (full context)