Part 1, Chapter 14 Summary

The Unfortunate Shepherd’s Verses and Other Unexpected Matters

Vivaldo reads Chrysostom’s poem; it recounts Marcella’s great beauty but laments her cruelty before he asks the Greek gods to greet him warmly in the afterlife. It does mention his jealousies and fears regarding the shepherdess, but when Vivaldo asks about those things, Ambrose explains them away as a fault of his friend, not Marcella. Vivaldi is convinced and is prepared to read a second poem, but suddenly Marcella appears near the rock where the grave is being dug.

Those who have never seen her “gaze on her in wonder and delight,” and those who have seen her before are equally enraptured by her presence. As soon as...

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