The Decameron

The Decameron

by

Giovanni Boccaccio

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Violante appears in Lauretta’s fifth tale (V, 7) as Amerigo Abate’s daughter and Teodoro’s lover and eventual wife. She embodies misogynistic fears about women’s weak wills when she reveals her lover to her father, even after promising Teodoro that she would keep the secret. But, because she is one of Day V’s happy lovers, she is reunited with Teodoro and happily married to him in the end.
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Violante Character Timeline in The Decameron

The timeline below shows where the character Violante appears in The Decameron. The colored dots and icons indicate which themes are associated with that appearance.
Day 5: Seventh Tale
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Teodoro (Pietro) and Violante (one of Amerigo Abate’s daughters) fall in love. Given his menial status, they cannot express... (full context)
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After that day, they meet at the cottage regularly until Violante becomes pregnant. When she’s unable to abort the pregnancy, Teodoro (Pietro) plans to flee, sure... (full context)
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...isn’t enough to quench Amerigo’s rage, and on the day of the execution, he orders Violante to kill herself by poison or dagger, after which a servant will kill her baby.... (full context)
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...Teodoro is not a slave but a freeborn man willing to make his relationship with Violante right by marrying her. Cursing the waywardness of fortune, Currado stays the execution and calls... (full context)
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On hearing that Violante will marry him if he wishes, Teodoro (Pietro) has “the sensation of passing from Hell... (full context)