The Decameron

The Decameron


Giovanni Boccaccio

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The Decameron: Day 5: Intro Summary & Analysis

The sun’s rays are already peeking over the horizon when Fiammetta awakens to the sounds of birdsong. The company whiles away the time pleasantly in the garden and surrounding fields until it is time for breakfast. Then, after their siesta, they gather for storytelling.
In the countryside, the brigata live moderate and pleasant lives according to the rhythms of nature. The idyllic gardens represent the best combination of natural beauty and human order, and thus are a perfect setting for their orderly entertainments, including storytelling.
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