The Decameron

The Decameron

by

Giovanni Boccaccio

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Zima, the protagonist of Elissa’s third tale (III, 5), earned his name, which means “the Dandy,” because of his elegant dress and grooming. He loves Francesco’s Wife but can’t get her attention until he gives Francesco Vergellesi a fine horse in exchange for a private conversation with her. His speech is stuffed with the themes and motifs of fin’amors, and his perseverance in the face of her uncanny silence wins her affection in the end.

Zima Quotes in The Decameron

The The Decameron quotes below are all either spoken by Zima or refer to Zima. 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:
Love and Sex Theme Icon
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Day 3: Fifth Tale Quotes

Dearest beloved, since I am yours and you alone have the power to fortify my soul with some vestige of hope as I languish in the fiery flames of love, I beseech you, as your most humble servant, to show me some mercy and mitigate the harshness you have been wont to display towards me in the past. Your compassion will console me, enabling me to claim that it is to your beauty that I owe, not only my love, but also my very life, which will assuredly fail unless your proud spirit yields to my entreaties, and then indeed people will be able to say that you have killed me. Now, leaving aside the fact that my death would not enhance your reputation, I believe, also, that your conscience would occasionally trouble you and you would be sorry for having been the cause of it.

Related Characters: Zima (speaker), Francesco’s Wife, Francesco Vergellesi
Page Number: 224
Explanation and Analysis:
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Zima Character Timeline in The Decameron

The timeline below shows where the character Zima appears in The Decameron. The colored dots and icons indicate which themes are associated with that appearance.
Day 3: Fifth Tale
Moderation and Excess Theme Icon
Intelligence Theme Icon
Class and Character Theme Icon
...title. The only suitable horse happens to belong to a man of humble birth called Zima (“The Dandy”). Zima loves Francesco’s Wife, and Francesco thinks he can leverage this to get... (full context)
Love and Sex Theme Icon
Men and Women Theme Icon
Class and Character Theme Icon
In exchange for the horse, Zima asks Francesco for permission to speak a few words in private to his wife. Francesco... (full context)
Love and Sex Theme Icon
Intelligence Theme Icon
Class and Character Theme Icon
Previously, Francesco’s Wife has never appreciated Zima’s advances, but in listening to his speech, she is moved to love and, although she... (full context)
Love and Sex Theme Icon
Intelligence Theme Icon
After Zima leaves Francesco’s Wife, he complains to Francesco that he may as well have been talking... (full context)