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Summary of Boccaccio's The Decameron: Day 1, Story 10

Summary of Giovanni Boccaccio's The Decameron Day 1 Story 10



The Queen was the final story teller of the first day.

Few women these days understand wit, and if they do happen to understand, they do not know how to reply to a witty remark. They believe that the inability to converse with other women and gentlemen is a sign of a pure soul.


Master Alberto, a notable physician from Bologna, attended a feat one day. He happened to see a beautiful woman who he believed to be the widow Madonna Malgherida dei Ghisolieri. He instantly felt the pangs of love in his seventy year old heart. He began to go by this woman's house daily to catch a glimpse of her because he found it hard to sleep, if he was not able to see her. The lady and her friends knew why he passed by so often and they would make fun of him.

One day the ladies were all gathered together when they saw Master Alberto approaching. They invited him to join them and then asked as politely as they could why he had fallen in love with such a young and beautiful woman, especially since there are other more handsome, noble, and clever men seeking her hand.

The doctor replied that the fact that I am in love is not surprising to a person who is wise, especially the lady in question because she is very worthy of this love. Older men are more experienced and make better choices than younger men.

The women were ashamed of themselves. The lady told the doctor that she holds his love dear and he should feel free to ask her for anything he desires besides her honor.

The doctor got up and left, and the lady found herself as the one who lost out on something good. Learn from this woman's mistake.


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