The Decameron - Chapter 4 Summary & Analysis

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Chapter 4 Summary

Boccaccio devotes this section of the book to unhappy endings.

Tancredi is a kind, humane lord who, in his old age, is fortunate to have a daughter. The daughter, Ghismunda, is faithful to Tancredi and stays by his side long after the girl should have married. Finally, Tancredi allows Ghismunda to marry the son of a duke, who dies shortly after the wedding. Ghismunda returns home, and seeing that Tancredi has no intentions of marrying her off again, seeks out a lover.

Ghismunda settles on Guiscardo, a man of humble birth. Since Ghismunda is closely watched, she and Guiscardo must meet in secret. Ghismunda remembers a secret stairway that leads to a cave. The pair meets many times. One day Tancredi goes to see Ghismunda to chat and waiting for her, falls asleep. Ghismunda and Guiscardo sneak into her bedroom and spend the afternoon making love, not...

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