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And honour her with all my deepest skill,



Faire Grizelda, if I make you my wife, will you doe your bestendeavour to please me, in all things which I shall doe or say? willyou also be gentle, humble, and patient? with divers other the likequestions: whereto she still answered, that she would, so neere asheaven (with grace) should enable her.

Now Bruno plainly perceiving (within a short while of this new begunacquaintance) that the Physitian was a Loggerhead, and meerely nobetter then a Gregorian Animall: he beganne to have much goodpastime with him, by telling him strange and incredible Tales, such asnone but a Coxcombe would give credit too; yet they delighted DoctorDunce extraordinarily, and Brunoes familiarity was so highlypleasing to him, that he was a daily guest at dinner and supper withhim, and hee was not meanly proud of enjoying his company. One day, asthey sate in familiar conference together, he told Bruno that hewondred not a little at him and Buffalmaco, they being both so poorepeople, yet lived far more jovially then Lords, and thereforedesired to understand, by what secret meanes they compassed suchmirthful maintenance. Bruno, hearing the Doctors demaund, andperceiving that it savoured more of the foole, then any the very leasttaste of wisedome: smiled unto himselfe, and determined to returne himsuch an answere, as might be fitting for his folly, whereupon, thus hereplied.

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In all the fairest shewes that she did make.

The Abbesse being seated in the Chapter house, and all the otherNunnes then called before her, who minded nothing else but the pooreoffending Sister: she began to give her very harsh and vilespeeches, as never any transgressor suffered the like, and as to herwho had (if it should be openly knowne abroad) contaminated by herlewde life and actions, the sanctity and good renowne of the wholeMonastery, and threatned her with very severe chastisement. PooreIsabella, confounded with feare and shame, as being no way able toexcuse her fault, knew not what answer to make, but standing silent,made her case compassionable to all the rest, even thosehard-hearted Sisters which betrayed her.

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True it is, that if it be spoken by way of answer, and theanswerer biteth doggedly, because himselfe was bitten in the samemanner before: he is the lesse to bee blamed, because hee makethpayment but with coine of the same stampe. In which respect, anespeciall care is to bee had, how, when, with whom, and where wejest or gibe, whereof very many proove too unmindfull, as appeared(not long since) by a Prelate of ours, who met with a byting, no lessesharpe and bitter, then had first come from himselfe before, asverie briefely I intend to tell you how.

It came to passe, and no long time since, that a young Florentine ofours, named Niccolo de Cignano, but more usually called Salabetto,imployed as Factor for his Maister, arrived at Palermo; his Shipstored with many Woollen Cloathes, a remainder of such as had bin soldat the Mart of Salerno; amounting in valew to above five hundredFlorines of Gold. When he had given in his packet to theCustome-house, and made them up safe in his Warehouse; withoutmaking shew of desiring any speedy dispatch, he delighted to viewall parts of the City, as mens minds are continuallie addicted toNovelties. He being a very faire and affable yong man, easie to kindleaffection in a very modest eie: it fortuned, that a Courtezane, one ofour before remembred shavers, who termed hir selfe Madame Biancafiore,having heard somewhat concerning his affairs, beganne to dartamorous glances at him. Which the indiscreete youth perceyving, andthinking her to be some great Lady: began also to grow halfeperswaded, that his comely person was pleasing to her and therefore hewould carrie this good fortune of his somewhat cautelously.

Every one there present answered, that they were well contented bothto eate and drinke, and let the shame fall where it deserved;whereupon, Bruno appointing them how they should sit, and placingCalandrino as one among them: he began his counterfeite exorcisme,giving each man a Pill, and Buffalmaco a Cup of Wine after it. Butwhen he came to Calandrino, hee tooke one of them which was made ofthe Dogges dates or Dowsets, and delivering it into his hand,presently hee put it into his mouth and chewed it. So soone as histongue tasted the bitter Aloes, he began to coughe and spet extreamly,as being utterly unable, to endure the bitternesse and noysomesmell. The other men that had receyved the Pils, beganne to gaze oneupon another, to see whose behaviour should discover him; and Brunohaving not (as yet) delivered Pils to them all, proceeded on stillin his businesse, as seeming not to heare any coughing, till onebehinde him, saide. What meaneth Calandrino by this spetting andcoughing?


True it is, that I shall travaile in this my latest journey, withendlesse torment and affliction of soule, except he have someunderstanding thereof before, and not knowing by whom to give himintelligence, in so oft and convenient order, as by thee: I doetherefore commit this last office of a friend to thy trust, desiringthee, not to refuse me in the performance thereof. And when thouhast done it, to let me understand what he saith, that I may dye themore contentedly, and disburdened of so heavy an oppression, the onelycomfort to a parting spirit: and so she ceased, her teares flowingforth abundantly.





ַͨѦɶʱܶظʱպã The poore discovered Lovers, having ended their amorousinterparlance, without suspition of the Kings being so neere inperson, or any else, to betray their overconfident trust; Guiscardodescended againe into the Cave, and she leaving the Chamber,returned to her women in the Garden; all which Tancrede too wellobserved, and in a rapture of fury, departed (unseene) into his ownelodging. The same night, about the houre of mens first sleepe, andaccording as he had given order; Guiscardo was apprehended, even as hewas comming forth of the loope-hole, and in his homely leather habite.Very closely was he brought before the King, whose heart was swolne sogreat with griefe, as hardly was he able to speake: notwithstanding,at the last he began thus. Guiscardo . cardo, the love and respect Ihave used towards thee, hath not deserved the shamefull wrong whichthou hast requited me withall, and as I have seene with mine owne eyesthis day. Whereto Guiscardo could answer nothing else, but onely this:Alas my Lord! Love is able to do much more, then either you, or I.Whereupon, Tancrede commanded, that he should be secretly wellguarded, in a neere adjoyning Chamber, and on the next day,Ghismonda having (as yet) heard nothing hereof, the Kings braine beinginfinitely busied and troubled, after dinner, and as he often had usedto do: he went to his daughters Chamber, where calling for her, andshutting the doores closely to them, the teares trickling downe hisaged white beard, thus he spake to her. ϸ

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ַͨФѱ󣺱ָǷ It came to passe, that in the reporting of this discourse, there wasthen a Gentleman in the company, named Guillemino da Medicina, whoat the surprizall of the City, was present with Guidotto of Cremona,and knew well the House which he had ransacked, the owner whereofwas also present with him, wherefore taking him aside, he said to him.Bernardino, hearest thou what Jacomino hath related? Yes very well,replyed Bernardino, and remember withall, that in that dismallbloody combustion, I lost a little Daughter, about the age as Jacominospeaketh. Questionlesse then replyed Guillemino, she must needs be thesame young Mayden, for I was there at the same time, and in the House,whence Guidotto did bring both the Girle and goods, and I do perfectlyremember, that it was thy House. I pray thee call to minde, ifeverthou sawest any scarre or marke about her, which may revive thyformer knowledge of her, for my minde perswades me, that the Maideis thy Daughter. ϸ

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