1. HIS NEIGHBOUR; MAY RECEIVE THE LIKE INJURY (IF
2. it. Being thus determined, to all such as questioned herconcerning them, she answered that they were her owne Children, namingthe eldest not Geoffrey, but Jehannot de Procida. As for theyongest, shee cared not greatly for changing his name, and thereforewisely informed Geoffrey, upon what reason shee had altered hisname, and what danger he might fall into, if he should otherwise bediscovered; being not satisfied with thus telling him once, butremembring him thereof verie often, which the gentle youth (being sowell instructed by the wise and carefull Nurse) did very warilyobserve.
3. Wearisome is my life to me,
4. Much about this season of the yeare, there returned a young Schollerfrom Paris, named Felice, faire of complexion, comely of person,ingeniously witted and skilfully learned, who (soone after) grewinto familiarity, with Puccio: now because he could resolve him inmany doubts, depending on his profession of Alchimy, (himselfehaving onely practise, but no great learning) he used many questionsto him, shewed him very especiall matters of secrecy, entertaining himoften to dinners and suppers, whensoever he pleased to come andconverse with him; and his daughter likewise, perceiving with whatfavour her Father respected him, became the more familiar with him,allowing him good regard and reverence.
5. Losovico discovered to his Mistresse Madame Beatrix, how amorouslyhe was affected to her. She cunningly sent Egano her Husband intohis garden, in all respects disguised like her selfe, while (friendly)Lodovico conferred with her in the meane while. Afterward, Lodovicopretending a lascivious allurement of his Mistresse, thereby towrong his honest Master, insted of her, beateth Egano soundly in theGarden.
6. The Mother loving her Daughter dearely, as being somewhatover-fond of her, and very willing to give her contentment; promisedto impart her minde to her Father, not doubting but to compasse whatshee requested. When she had mooved the matter to Messer Lizio whoseage made him somewhat froward and teasty; angerly said to his wife.Why how now woman? Cannot our Daughter sleepe, except she heare theNightingale sing? Let there be a bed made for her in the Oven, andthere let the Crickets make her melody. When Catharina heard thisanswere from her Father, and saw her desire to be disappointed; notonely could she take any rest the night following, but also complainedmore of the heate then before, not suffering her Mother to take anyrest, which made her go angerly to her Husband in the morning, saying.Why Husband, have we but one onely Daughter, whom you pretend tolove right dearly, and yet can you be so carelesse of her, as to denieher a request, which is no more then reason? What matter is it toyou or me, to let her lodge in the Garden Gallery? Is her youngblood to be compared with ours? Can our weake and crazie bodies, feelethe frolicke temper of hers? Alas, she is hardly (as yet) out of herchildish yeeres, and Children have many desires farre differing fromours: the singing of Birdes is rare musicke to them, and chiefly theNightingale; whose sweete notes will provoke them to rest, whenneither Art or Physicke can do it.
1. See neighbour, is not this your dearest Jewell? Having kept itawhile in my wives custody; according to my promise, here I deliver ityou. Spinellcccio being glad of his deliverance out of the Chest,albeit not a little ashamed of himselfe; without using manyimpertinent words saide. Zeppa, our wrongs are equally requited oneach other, and therefore I allow thy former speeches to my Wife, thatthou wast my friend, as I am the like to thee, and so I pray theelet us still continue. For nothing else is now to bee divided betweeneus, seeing we have shared alike in our wives, which none knowing butour selves, let it be as closely kept to our selves. Zeppa was welpleased with the motion, and so all foure dined lovingly together,without any variance or discontentment. And thence forward, each ofthe Women had two Husbands, as either Husband enjoyed two Wives,without further contention or debate.
2. OTHER PERSONS ARE OR OUGHT TO BE APPOINTED, BUT SUCH AS BE HONEST,
3. In the Spring season,
4. No sooner had hee opened the doore, but stich a smell of brimstonecame foorth (whereof wee felt not the least savour before) as madeus likewise to cough and sneeze, being no way able to refraine it.Shee seeing her Husband to bee much moved, excused the matter thus:that (but a little while before) shee had whited certaine linnenwith the smoake of brimstone, as it is a usuall thing to doe, and thenset the Pan into that spare place, because it should not bee offensiveto us. By this time, Herculano had espied him that sneezed, whobeing almost stifled with the smell, and closenesse of the small roomewherein hee lay, had not any power to helpe himselfe, but stillcontinued coughing and sneezing, even as if his heart would have splitin twaine. Foorth hee pluckt him by the heeles, and perceiving howmatter had past, hee saide to her. I thanke you Wife now I see thereason, why you kept us so long from comming into this roome: letmee die, if I beare this wrong at your hands. When his Wife heardthese words, and saw the discovery of her shame; without returningeither excuse or answere, foorth of doores shee ranne, but whither,wee know not. Herculano drew his Dagger, and would have slaine himthat still lay sneezing: but I disswaded him from it, as well inrespect of his, as also mine owne danger, when the Law shouldcensure on the deede. And after the young man was indifferentlyrecovered; by the perswasion of some Neighbours comming in: hee wasclosely conveyed out of the House, and all the noyse quietly pacified.Onely (by this meanes, and the flight of Herculanoes Wife) wee weredisappointed of our Supper, and now you know the reason of my so soonereturning.
5. The Marquesse of Saluzzo, named Gualtiero, being constrained bythe importunate solliciting of his Lords, and other inferiourpeople, to joyne himselfe in marriage; tooke a woman according tohis owne liking, called Grizelda, she being the daughter of a pooreCountriman, named Janiculo, by whom he had two children, which hepretended to be secretly murdered. Afterward, they being grown toyeres of more stature, and making shew of taking in marriage anotherwife, more worthy of his high degree and Calling: made a seemingpublique liking of his owne daughter, expulsing his wife Grizeldapoorely from him. But finding her incomparable patience; moredearely (then before) hee received her into favour againe, brought herhome to his owne Pallace, where (with her children) hee caused her andthem to be respectively honoured, in despight of all her adverseenemies.
6. Now, notwithstanding the actions of Calandrino have beeneindifferently canvazed among us; yet, remembring what Philostratus notlong since saide, That they intended to nothing more then matter ofmirth: I presume the boldlier, to report another Novell of him, besidethem already past. And, were I willing to conceale the truth, andcloath it in more circumstantiall maner: I could make use ofcontrary names, and paint it in a poeticall fiction, perhaps moreprobable, though not so pleasing. But because wandring from thetruth of things, doth much diminish (in relatic the delight of thehearers: I will build boldly on my fore-alledged reason, and tel youtruly how it hapned.
1. This seemed a happy opportunity to Manutio, to sing the dittie sopurposely done and devised: which hee delivered in such excellentmanner, the voice and Instrument concording so extraordinary pleasing;that all the persons then in the Presence, seemed rather Statues, thenliving men, so strangely they were wrapt with admiration, and the Kinghimselfe farre beyond all the rest, transported with a rare kinde ofalteration.
2. Lambertuccio sware many terrible oathes, to observe her directionsin every part, and having drawne forth his Sword, grasping it naked inhis hand, and setting worse lookes on the businesse, then evernature gave him, because he had spent so much labour in vaine; hefailed not in a jot of the Ladies injunction. Beltramo havingcommanded his horse to safe custody, and meeting Lambertucciodiscending downe the staires, so armed, swearing, and mostextreamely storming, wondring extraordinarily at his threatning words,made offer to imbrace him., and understand the reason of hisdistemper. Lambertuccio repulsing him rudely, and setting foote in thestirrup, mounted on his Gelding, and spake nothing else but this. Isweare by the fairest of all my fortunes, although I misse of theeheere: yet I will be sure to find thee some where else, and so hegallopped mainely away.
3. WHEREIN IS DESCRIBED THE FRAILETY OF SOME WOMEN, AND FOLLY OF
4. In Tuscanie there was sometime an Abbey, seated, as now we seecommonly they are, in a place not much frequented with people, andthereof a Monke was Abbot, very holy and curious in all things else,save onely a wanton appetite to women: which yet he kept so cleanly tohimselfe, that though some did suspect it, yet it was knowne to veryfew. It came to passe, that a rich Country Franklin, named Ferando,dwelt as neere neighbour to the said Abby, he being a man materiall,of simple and grosse understanding, yet he fell into great familiaritywith the Abbot; who made use of this friendly conversation to no otherend, but for divers times of recreation; when he delighted to smile athis silly and sottish behaviour.
5. For first of all (as I have heard) by the piercing solicitudes oflove, of a senselesse creature, that made thee to become a manendued with reason. Afterward, by adverse fortune, and now againe bywearisome imprisonment, it seemeth that they are desirous to maketryall, whether thy manly courage be changed, or no, from that whichheretofore it was, when thou enjoyedst a matchlesse beauty, and losther againe in so short a while. Wherefore, if thy vertue be such as ithath bin, the Gods can never give thee any blessing more worthyacceptance, then she whom they are now minded to bestow on thee: inwhich respect, to the end that thou mayst re-assume thy wantedheroicke spirit, and become more couragious than ever heretofore, Iwill acquaint thee withall more at large.
6. This Song gave occasion to the whole Company, to imagine, thatsome new and pleasing apprehension of Love, constrained MadamePhilomena to sing in this manner. And because (by the discoursethereof) it plainely appeared, that shee had felt more then sheesaw, shee was so much the more happy, and the like was wished by allthe rest. Wherefore, after the Song was ended; the Queeneremembring, that the next day following was Friday, turning herselfe graciously to them all, thus she spake.
1、 REPREHENDING THE CUNNING OF IMMODEST WOMEN, WHO BY ABUSING2、 Much did the King commend the confident perswasion which she hadof her owne power, and presently replyed. Faire beauty (quoth he) inregard that thou art a Maide and unmaried, if thou keepe promise,and I finde my selfe to be fully cured: I will match thee with somesuch Gentleman in marriage, as shall be of honourable and worthyreputation, with a sufficient dowry beside. My gracious Soveraignesaide she, willing am I, and most heirtily thankfull withall, thatyour Highnesse shall bestow me in marriage: but I desire then, to havesuch a husband, as I shall desire or demand by your gracious favour,without presuming to crave any of your Sonnes, Kindred, or Alliance,or appertaining unto your Royal blood. Whereto the King gladlygranted. Young Juliet began to minister her Physicke, and within fewerdayes then her limited time, the King was sound and perfectly cured;which when he perceived, he saide unto her. Trust me vertuous Mayde,most woorthily hast thou wonne a Husband, name him, and thou shalthave him. Royall King (quoth she) then have I won the Count Bertrandof Roussillion, whom I have most entirely loved from mine Infancy, andcannot (in my soule) affect any other. Very loath was the King togrant her the young Count, but in regard of his solemne passedpromise, and his royal word engaged, which he would not by anymeanes breake; he commanded, that the Count should be sent for, andspake thus to him. Noble Count, it is not unknowne to us, that you area Gentleman of great honour, and it is our Royall pleasure, todischarge your wardship, that you may repaire home to your owne House,there to settle your affaires in such order, as you may be the readierto enjoy a Wife, which we intend to bestowe upon you. The Countreturned his Highnesse most humble thankes, desiring to know ofwhence, and what she was? It is this Gentlewoman, answered the King,who (by the helpe of Heaven) hath beene the meanes to save my life.Well did the Count know her, as having very often before seene her;and although she was very faire and amiable, yet in regard of hermeane birth, which he held as a disparagement to his Nobility inblood; he made a scorne of her, and spake thus to the King. Would yourHighnesse give me a Quacksalver to my Wife, one that deales in druggesand Physicarie? I hope I am able to bestowe my selfe much betterthen so. Why? quoth the King, wouldst thou have us breake our faith;which for the recovery of our health, we have given to this vertuousvirgin, and she will have no other reward, but onely Count Bertrand tobe her husband? Sir, replied the Count, you may dispossesse me ofall that is mine, because I am your Ward and Subject, any where elseyou may bestow me: but pardon me to tell you, that this marriagecannot be made with any liking or allowance of mine, neither will Iever give consent thereto.3、 OF ANOTHER, WHEN HEE COMPASSETH CRAFT TO DEFEND HIMSELFE4、 So much delight, etc.5、 Having thus spoken, she fell to weeping, and then thus beganagain. Poore wretched woman as I am, in an unfortunate houre was Iborne, and in a much worse, when I was made thy Wife. I could have hada proper, handsome yong man; one, that would have maintained mee braveand gallantly: but, beast as I was, to forgoe my good, and cast myselfe away on such a beggar as thou art, and whom none wold havehad, but such an Asse as I. Other women live at hearts ease, and injollity, have their amorous friends and loving Paramours, yea, one,two, three at once, making their husbands looke like a Moone cressent,wheron they shine Sun-like, with amiable lookes, because they know nothow to helpe it: when I (poore foole) live heere at home a miserablelife, not daring once to dreame of such follies, an innocent soule,heartlesse and harmelesse.
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