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1.【址:a g 9 559⒐ v i p】1 The Marquesse whose heart wept bloody teares, as his eyes wouldlikewise gladly have yeelded their naturall tribute; covered allwith a dissembled angry countenance, and starting up, said. Goe,give her a Smocke onely, and so send her gadding. All there presentabout him, entreated him to let her have a petticote, because it mightnot be said, that she who had been his Wife thirteene yeares and more,was sent away so poorely in her Smocke: but all their perswasionsprevailed not with him. Naked in her Smocke, without hose or shoes,bareheaded, and not so much as a Cloth about her necke, to the greatgriefe and mourning of all that saw her, she went home to her oldfathers house.
2. The Novell which Madam Philomena had so graciously related, washighly pleasing unto the other Ladies; because they had oftentimesheard the Song, without knowing who made it or upon what occasion itwas composed. But when the King saw that the Tale was ended: hecommanded Pamphilus, that he should follow in his due course:whereupon he spake thus.
3. The King hearing these words, sodainely presumed, that by somecounterfeit person or other, the Queene had beene this night beguiled:wherefore (very advisedly) hee considered, that in regard the partywas unknowne to her, and all the women about her; to make no outwardappearance of knowing it, but rather concealed it to himselfe. Farrefrom the indiscretion of some haire-braind men, who presently wouldhave answered and sworne; I came hither this night, till now.Whereupon many dangers might ensue, to the dishonour and prejudiceof the Queene: beside, her error being discovered to her, mightafterward be an occasion, to urge a wandring in her appetite, and tocovet after change againe. But by this silence, no shame redoundedto him or her, whereas prating, must needs be the publisher of openinfamie: yet was hee much vexed in his minde, which neither bylookes or words hee would discover, but pleasantly said to the Queene,Why Madam, although I was once heere before to night, I hope youmislike not my second seeing you, nor if I should please to comeagaine. No truly Sir, quoth she, I onely desire you to have care ofyour health. Well, said the King, I will follow your counsaile, andnow returne to mine owne lodging againe, committing my Queene to hergood rest.
4. Scarcely were these words concluded, but she felt the custome ofwomen to come upon her, with the paines and throwes incident tochilding: wherefore, with helpe of the aged Lady, Mother to SigniorGentile, it was not long before her deliverance of a goodly Sonne,which greatly augmented the joy of her and Gentile, who tooke order,that all things belonging to a woman in such a case, were not wanting,but she was as carefully respected, even as if she had been his owneWife. Secretly he repaired to Modena, where having given direction forhis place of authority; he returned back againe to Bologna, andthere made preparation for a great and solemne feast, appointing whoshould be his invited guests, the very chiefest persons in Bologna,and (among them) Signior Nicoluccio Caccianimico the especiall man.
5. IN COMMENDATION OF JUSTICE BETWEENE PRINCES; AND DECLARING
6. Giosefo, having provided a good Hollywand, went into the Chamber,where his wife sate railing, and despitefully grumbling, wheretaking her by the haire of her head, he threw her at his feete,beating her extreamely with the wand. She crying, then cursing, nextrailing, lastly fighting, biting and scratching, when she felt thecruell smart of the blowes, and that all her resistance served to noend: then she fell on her knees before him, and desired mercy forcharities sake. Giosefo fought still more and more on head, armes,shoulders, sides, and all parts else, pretending as if he heard nother complaints, but wearied himselfe wel neere out of breath: sothat (to be briefe) she that never felt his fingers before,perceived and confessed, it was now too soone. This being done, heereturned to Melisso, and said: Tomorrow we shall see a miracle, andhow availeable the counsell is of going to the Goose Bridge. Sositting a while together, after they had washed their hands, and supt,they withdrew to their lodgings.
1. On the day following, which was towards the ending of the monethof May, Catharina began to complaine to her Mother that the season wasover-hot and tedious, to be still lodged in her Mothers Chamber,because it was an hinderance to her sleeping; and wanting rest, itwould be an empairing of her health. Why Daughter (quoth the Mother)the weather (as yet) is not so hot, but (in my minde) you may verywell endure it. Alas Mother, saide she, aged people, as you and myFather are, do not feele the heates of youthfull blood, by reason ofyour farre colder complexion, which is not to be measured by youngeryeeres. I know that well Daughter, replyed the Mother; but is it in mypower, to make the weather warme or coole, as thou perhaps wouldsthave it? Seasons are to be suffered, according to their severallqualities; and though the last night might seeme hot, this nextensuing may be cooler, and then thy rest will be the better. NoMother, quoth Catharina, that cannot be; for as Summer proceedethon, so the heate encreaseth, and no expectation can be of temperateweather, untill it groweth to Winter againe. Why Daughter, saide theMother, what wouldest thou have me to do? Mother (quoth she) if itmight stand with my Fathers good liking and yours, I would be sparedfrom the Garden Gallery, which is a great deale more coole lodged.There shall I heare the sweete Nightingale sing, as every night sheuseth to do, and many other pretty Birdes beside, which I cannot dolodging in your Chamber.
2. Thus Massetto being rich and olde, returned home like a wealthyfather, taking no care for the nursing of his children, but bequeathedthem to the place where they were bred and borne, having (by his witand ingenious apprehension) made such a benefit of his youthfullyeeres, that now he merrily tooke ease in his age.
3. Philostratus, I intend not to varie from those courses heretoforeobserved by my predecessors, but even as they have already done, so itis my authority, to command a Song. And because I am well assured,that you are not unfurnished of Songs answerable to the quality of thepassed Novels: my desire is, in regard we would not be troubledhereafter, with any more discourses of unfortunate Love, that youshall sing a Song agreeing with your owne disposition. Philostratusmade answer, that hee was ready to accomplish her command, and withoutall further ceremony, thus he began.
4. Are John and I: Go from our dore,
5. After so much time was expired, as conveniently might agree withsorrow, and mourning; her Brethren made many motions to her, to oyneher selfe in marriage againe, because she was extraordinarily rich,and as yet but yong in yeares. Now although she was well contentednever to be married any more; yet being continually importuned bythem, and remembring the honorable honesty of Frederigo, his lastpoore, yet magnificent dinner, in killing his Faulcon for her sake,she saide to her Brethren. This kind of widdowed estate doth like meso well, as willingly I would never leave it: but seeing you are soearnest for my second marriage, let me plainly tell you, that I willnever accept of any other husband, but onely Frederigo di Alberino.
6. The Lady, who wept exceedingly, thus answered. Alas Sir: I knownot how to carry my selfe, in such extremity of greefe, as now youleave me; but if my life surmount the fortitude of sorrow, andwhatsoever shall happen to you for certainty, either life or death:I will live and dye the Wife of Signiour Thorello, and make myobsequies in his memory onely. so Madame (replyed her Husband) not so;Be not overrash in promising any thing, albeit I am well assured, thatso much as consisteth in thy strength, I make no question of thyperformance. But consider withall (deare heart) thou art a yong woman,beautifull, of great parentage, and no way thereto inferior in theblessings of Fortune.
1. In good sadnesse Ancilla, I have endured the most miserablestnight of cold, frost and snow, that ever any poore Gentleman suffered;but I know well enough, your Lady was not in any fault thereof,neither meriteth to be blamed, for in her owne person (as being truelycompassionate of my distresse) she came so farre as the doore ofthis Court, to excuse her selfe, and comfort mee. But as you saide,and very well too, what hath failed this night, another hereaftermay more fortunately performe: in hope whereof, commend my love andduteous service to her, and (what else remaineth mine) to yourgentle selfe.
2. Yet to speake uprightly of this young married Wife, she declared herselfe to be of a wise and chearfull spirit, not discoraged with herunequalitie of marriage: but bearing all with a contented browe, forfeare of urging the very least mislike in her Husband. And he, onthe other side, when occasions did not call him to visite hisPatients, or to be present at the Colledge among his fellow-Doctours,would alwayes bee chearing and comforting his Wife, as one that couldhardly affoord to be out of her company. There is one especiallfatall misfortune, which commonly awaiteth on olde Mens marriages;when freezing December will match with flourishing May, and greenedesires appeare in age, beyond all possibility of performance. Norare there wanting good store of wanton Gallants, who hating to seeBeauty in this manner betrayed, and to the embraces of a loathed bed,will make their folly seene in publike appearance, and by their dailyproffers of amorous services (seeming compassionate of the womansdisaster) are usually the cause of jealous suspitions, and veryheinous houshold discontentments.
3. THE SECOND DAY, THE SECOND NOVELL
4. Then let me live content, to be thus painde.
5. Bruno sodainely turning him about, and seeing Calandrino to coughand spet in such sort, saide to the rest. Be not too rash (honestFriends) in judging of any man, some other matter (then the Pille) mayprocure this Coughing, wherfore he shall receive another, the betterto cleare your beleefe concerning him. He having put the secondprepared Pill into his mouth, while Bruno went to serve the rest ofthe Guests: if the first was exceeding bitter to his taste, this othermade it a great deale worse, for teares streamed forth of his eyesas bigge as Cherry-stones, and champing and chewing the Pill, ashoping it would overcome his coughing; he coughed and spette themore violently, and in grosser manner then he did before, nor did theygive him any wine to helpe it.
6. Well Wife, answered Talano, I knew well enough before, what thouwouldst say: An unsound head is soone scratcht with the verygentlest Combe: but beleeve as thou pleasest. As for my selfe, Ispeake with a true and honest meaning soule, and once againe I doadvise thee, to keepe within our doores all this day: at least wisebeware, that thou walke not into our wood, bee it but in regard ofmy dreame. Well sir (quoth she scoffingly) once you shall say, Ifollowed your counsell: but within her selfe she fell to thismurmuring. Now I perceive my husbands cunning colouring, and why Imust not walke this day into our wood: he hath made a compact withsome common Queane, closely to have her company there, and isafraide least I should take them tardy. Belike he would have me feedamong blinde folke, and I were worthy to bee thought a starke foole,if I should not prevent a manifest trechery, being intended againstme. Go thither therefore I will, and tarry there all the whole daylong; but I will meet with him in his merchandize, and see the Pinkwherin he adventures.
1. Andrea sitting upright in the Tombe, and desiring to make use ofthis happy opportunity, caught the Priest fast by one of his legges,making shew as if he meant to dragge him downe. Which when thePriest felt, he cryed out aloud, getting out with all the haste hecould make, and all his companions, being well-neere frighted out oftheir wits, ranne away amaine, as if they had bene followed by athousand divels. Andrea little dreaming on such fortunate successe,made meanes to get out of the grave, and afterward forth of theChurch, at the very same place where he entred.
2. When the Feastivall was ended, she dwelling in the house of herFather, it was impossible for her to thinke on any thing else, butonely the love, which she had fixed on a person of such height. Andthat which most tormented her in this case, was the knowledge of herowne condition, being but meane and humble in degree; whereby sheconfessed, that she could not hope for any successefull issue of herproud love. Neverthelesse, she would not refraine from affecting theKing, who taking no note of this kindnesse in her, by anyperceivable meanes; must needs be the more regardles, which procured(by wary observation) her afflictions to be the greater andintollerable.
3. The childe, beholding his Father, made signes of comming to him,rejoycing merrily, as yong infants use to do, and Credulano claspinghim in his armes, wept with conceite of joy, kissing him infinitely,and heartily thanking his Gossip Reynard, for the recovery of hisGod-son. The Friars brotherly Companion, who had given sufficientenstructions to the Nurse, and a small purse full of Sisters whitethred, which a Nunne (after shrift) had bestowed on him, upon thehusbands admittance into the Chamber (which they easily heard) came inalso to them, and seeing all in very good tearmes, they holpe tomake a joyfull conclusion, the Brother saying to Friar Reynard:Brother, I have finished all those foure jaculatory prayers, which youcommanded me.
4、 But because you are so desirous to have me fettered in the chains ofwedlocke; I am contented to grant what you request. And because Iwould have no complaint made of any but my selfe, if matters shouldnot happen answerable to expectation; I will make mine owne eyes myelectors, and not see by any others sight. Giving you this assurancebefore, that if she whom I shall make choice of, be not of youhonoured and respected as your Lady and Mistresse: it will ensue toyour detriment, how much you have displeased me, to take a wife atyour request, and against mine owne will.
5、 When the King heard this reply, he knew well enough the occasionof his Henne dinner, as also, what vertue lay couched under heranswere; perceiving apparantly, that wanton words would prove but invaine, and such a woman was not easily to be seduced; wherefore, ashee grew enamored on her inconsiderately, so he found it bestfitting for his honour, to quench this heate with wisedome discreetly.And so, without any more words, or further hope of speeding in sounkingly a purpose, dinner being ended, by a sudden departing, hesmoothly shadowed the cause of his comming, and thanking her for thehonour shee had done him, commended her to her chaste disposition, andposted away with speede to Gennes.