The narrator, a calculated, controlled voice, sensitive and seemingly genuine, that speaks directly to the reader. In the preface and introduction, the narrator establishes the narrative framework, describes the Florentine Black Plague of 1348, and introduces the ten storytellers. In the prologue to the fourth day, he defends himself against criticism. In the conclusion, he defends himself against charges of obscenity, slandering the clergy, and frivolity.
Pampinea (pahm-pee-NAY-ah), the storyteller who conceives the idea of the excursion into the countryside, which provides the framework for the story as a whole. She also is the one to suggest the rotation of group leadership duties. Pampinea is wise, self-possessed, and the most mature of the group, having often been in love.
Dioneo (dee-oh-NAY-oh), the wittiest, most attractive, and most self-willed of the three young men to participate in the excursion. He is the first to insist on forgetting the cares left behind in Florence and tells the first of the stories to have sexual content. He tells the last story on each of the last nine days, without regard for the topic established for that day.
Filomena (fee-loh-MAY-nah), a wise and discreet woman who seconds Pampinea’s suggestion to bring men along on their excursion, relying on truth to protect her honor and reputation should it be questioned later. She is passionate and amorous.
Elisa (eh-LEE-sah), a very young woman characterized by a powerfully passionate nature.
Fiammetta (fee-ahm-MEHT-tah), who is generous in giving love and desirous of being loved but fearful of the pain of losing love.
Ser Cepparello (sehr chehp-pa-REHL-loh), a character in a story told by Panfilo. Known,...
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