The Decameron

The Decameron

by

Giovanni Boccaccio

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Zeppa di Mino Character Analysis

Zeppa di Mino appears in Fiammetta’s eighth tale (VIII, 8) as a wealthy young Sienese man who is best friends and neighbors with Spinelloccio Tavena. When he catches Zeppa’s Wife sleeping with Spinelloccio, he demonstrates wisdom in airing the affair publicly and in finding an exactly reciprocal revenge (sleeping with Spinelloccio’s Wife and forcing his friend to witness it). In this way, his revenge contrasts with the excessive punishment Rinieri visits on Elena in the previous tale.
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Zeppa di Mino Character Timeline in The Decameron

The timeline below shows where the character Zeppa di Mino appears in The Decameron. The colored dots and icons indicate which themes are associated with that appearance.
Day 8: Eighth Tale
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In Siena, Spinelloccio Tavena and Zeppa di Mino are best friends who live next door to each other. Spinelloccio is often at Zeppa’s... (full context)
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After Spinelloccio Tavena leaves, Zeppa di Mino confronts Zeppa’s Wife, who confesses the affair. Promising to forgive her and not to harm... (full context)
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Zeppa di Mino asks Zeppa’s Wife to invite Spinelloccio’s Wife to breakfast. Upon her arrival, he sends his... (full context)
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When Zeppa di Mino and Spinelloccio’s Wife are done, Zeppa’s Wife comes into the bedroom and acknowledges that her... (full context)