While Licisca thus spoke, the ladies laughed till all their teeth were ready to start from their heads. Six times at least the queen bade her be silent: but all in vain; she halted not till she had said all that she had a mind to. When she had done, the queen turned with a smile to Dioneo saying:—“This is a question for thee to deal with, Dioneo; so hold thyself in readiness to give final judgment upon it, when our stories are ended.” “Madam,” replied Dioneo forthwith, “I give judgment without more ado: I say that Licisca is in the right; I believe that ’tis even as she says, and that Tindaro is a fool.” Whereupon Licisca burst out laughing, and turning to Tindaro:—“Now did I not tell thee so?” quoth she. “Begone in God’s name: dost think to know more than I, thou that art but a sucking babe? Thank God, I have not lived for nothing, not I.” And had not the queen sternly bade her be silent, and make no more disturbance, unless she had a mind to be whipped, and sent both her and Tindaro back to the kitchen, the whole day would have been spent in nought but listening to her. So Licisca and Tindaro having withdrawn, the queen charged Filomena to tell the first story: and gaily thus Filomena began.
— A knight offers to carry Madonna Oretta a horseback with a story, but tells it so ill that she prays him to dismount her. —