磁力中国搜索引擎 The Abbot pretending great admiration at this accident, called hisMonkes about him, all labouring by rubbing his temples, throwingcold water and vinegar in his face, to revive him againe; alleagingthat some fume or vapour in the stomacke, had thus over-awed hisunderstanding faculties, and quite deprived him of life indeede. Atlength, when by tasting the pulse, and all their best employed paines,they saw that their labour was spent in vaine; the Abbot used suchperswasions to the Monkes, that they all beleeved him to be dead:whereupon they sent for his wife and friends, who crediting as much asthe rest did, were very sad and sorrowfull for him. Howbeit, to speake more properly, the matter by me to be reported,deserveth not the reproachfull title of deceite, but rather of arecompence duly returned: because women ought to be chaste and honest,and to preserve their honour as their lives, without yeelding to thecontamination thereof, for any occasion whatsoever. And yetneverthelesse (in regard of our frailty) many times we proove not soconstant as we should be: yet I am of opinion, that she whichselleth her honestie for money, deserveth justly to be burned. Whereason the contrary, she that falleth into the offence, onely throughintire affection (the powerfull lawes of Love beeing above allresistance) in equity meriteth pardon, especially of a Judge notover-rigorous: as not long since wee heard from Philostratus, inrevealing what hapned to Madam Phillippa de Prato, upon thedangerous Edict. He that did forme the Heavens and every Starre, Chynon being now wounded to the heart (where never any civillinstruction could before get entrance) with loves piercing dart, bythe bright beauty of Iphigenia, mooved much admiration (falling fromone change to another) in his Father, Kindred, and all else thatknew him. For first, he requested of his Father, that he might behabited and respected like to his other Brethren, whereto right gladlyhe condiscended. And frequenting the company of civill youths,observing also the cariage of Gentlemen, especially such as wereamorously enclined: he grew to a beginning in short time (to thewonder of every one) not onely to understand the first instructionof letters, but also became most skilfull, even amongst them that werebest exercised in Philosophy. And afterward, love to Iphigenia beingthe sole occasion of this happy alteration, not onely did his harshand clownish voyce convert it selfe more mildely, but also heebecame a singular Musitian, and could perfectly play on anyinstrument. Beside, he tooke delight in the riding and managing ofgreat horses, and finding himselfe of a strong and able body, heexercised all kinds of Military Disciplines, as well by Sea, as on theland. And, to be breefe, because I would not seeme tedious in therepetition of all his vertues, scarsly had he attained to the fourthyeare, after he was thus falne in love, but hee became generallyknowne, to be the most civil, wise, and worthy Gentleman, aswell forall vertues enriching the minde, as any whatsoever to beautifie thebody, that very hardly he could be equalled throughout the wholekingdome of Cyprus.What shall we say then (vertuous Ladies) concerning this Chynon?Surely nothing else, but that those high and divine vertues, infusedinto his gentle soule, were by envious Fortune bound and shut up insome small angle of his intellect, which being shaken and set atliberty by love, (as having a farre more potent power then Fortune, inquickning and reviving the dull drowsie spirits) declared his mightyand soveraigne Authority, in setting free so many faire and preciousvertues unjustly detayned, to let the worlds eye behold them truly, bymanifest testimony from whence he can deliver those spiritssubjected to his power, and guid them (afterward) to the highestdegrees of honour. And although Chynon by affecting Iphigenia,failed in some particular things; yet notwithstanding, his FatherAristippus duely considering, that love had made him a man, whereas(before) he was no better then a beast: not onely endured allpatiently, but also advised him therein, to take such courses asbest liked himselfe. Neverthelesse, Chynon (who refused to be calledGalesus, which was his naturall name indeed) remembring that Iphigeniatearmed him Chynon, and coveting (under this title) to accomplishthe issue of his honest amorous desire: made many motions toCiphaeus the Father of Iphigenia, that he would be pleased to lethim enjoy her in marriage. But Ciphaeus told him, that he hadalready passed his promise for her, to a Gentleman of Rhodes, namedPasimondo, which promise he religiously intended to performe.
磁力中国搜索引擎:<外链> DECLARING, THAT NOTWITHSTANDING THE FROWNES OF FORTUNE, LED AND GOVERNED BY IDLE PERSWASIONS Sir Simon hugging her in his armes, and fetching a vehement sigh,said. My Belcolore, how long shall I pine and languish for thy love?How now Sir Simon? answered she, is this behaviour fitting for an holyman? Holy-men Belcolore, (quoth Sir Simon) are made of the same matteras others be, they have the same affections, and therefore subjectto their infirmities. Santa Maria, answered Belcolore, Dare Priestsdoe such things as you talke of? Yes Belcolore (quoth he) and muchbetter then other men can, because they are made for the very bestbusinesse, in which regard they are restrained from marriage. True(quoth Belcolore) but much more from medling with other mens wives.Touch not that Text Belcolore, replyed Sir Simon, it is somewhat aboveyour capacity: talke of that I come for, namely thy love, my Ducke,and my Dove, Sir Simon is thine, I pray thee be mine. Saladine, who was a man of accute understanding, did wellperceive, that this Knight Thorello misdoubted his going with him,if (when he met him) hee should have invited him; and therefore,because he would not be denied, of entertaining him into his house; hemade choise of this kinde and honourable course, which caused him toreturne this answer. Gentle Sir, if courtesie in one man to another,do deserve condemning, then may we justly complaine of you, whomeeting us upon the way, which you have shortened by your kindnesse,and which we are no way able to deserve, wee are constrained toaccept, taking you to bee the mirrour of courtesie. Thorello being aKnight of ingenious apprehension, and wel languaged, replyed thus. Andreana, although her soule was extraordinarily sorrowfull, andteares flowed abundantly from her eyes; yet she listned attentively tohir maids counsell; allowing her first advice against desperation,to be truly good; but to the rest thus she replyed. God forbid(quoth she) that I should suffer so deere a loving friend, as hehath alwayes shewed himselfe to me; nay, which is much more, myhusband; by sacred and solemne vowes passed betweene us, to be putinto the ground basely, and like a dog, or else to be left in the openstreet. He hath had the sacrifice of my virgin teares, and if I canprevaile, he shall have some of his kindreds, as I have instantlydevised, what (in this hard case) is best to be done. Forthwith shesent the maid to her Chamber, for divers elles of white Damaskelying in her Chest, which when she had brought, they spread itabroad on the grasse, even in the manner of a winding sheete, andtherein wrapped the body of Gabriello, with a faire wrought pillowunder his head, having first (with their teares) closed his mouthand eyes, and placed a Chaplet of Flowers on his head, covering thewhole shrowd over in the same manner; which being done, thus she spaketo her Maid. Messer Currado Gianfiliazzi (as most of you have both seene andknowen) living alwayes in our Citie, in the estate of a Noble Citizen,beeing a man bountifull, magnificent, and within the degree ofKnighthoode: continually kept both Hawkes and Hounds, taking nomeane delight in such pleasures as they yeelded, neglecting (for them)farre more serious imployments, wherewith our present subjectpresumeth not to meddle. Upon a day, having kilde with his Faulcon aCrane, neere to a Village called Peretola, and finding her to beboth young and fat, he sent it to his Cooke, a Venetian borne, andnamed Chichibio, with command to have it prepared for his supper.Chichibio, who resembled no other, then (as he was indeede) aplaine, simple, honest mery fellow, having drest the Crane as it oughtto bee, put it on the spit, and laide it to the fire. No sooner were we there, but certaine rude shagge-haird villainesset upon us, carrying away from me both my women, then haling me alongby the haire of my head: neither teares or intercessions could drawany pitty from them. As thus they dragd me into a spacious Wood, fourehorsemen on a sodaine came riding by, who seeing how dishonourably thevillaines used me, rescued me from them, and forced them to flight.But the foure horsemen, seeming (in my judgement) to bee persons ofpower and authority, letting them go, came to me; urging sundryquestions to me, which neither I understood, or they mine answeres.After many deliberations held among themselves, setting me upon one oftheir horses, they brought me to a Monasterie of religious women,according to the custome of their Law: and there, whatsoever theydid or sayde, I know not, but I was most benignely welcommedthither, and honoured of them extraordinarily; where (with them inDevotion) I dedicated my selfe to the Goddesse of chastity, who ishighly reverenced and regarded among the women of that Countrey, andto her religious service they are wholly addicted. It chanced on a day, that Alessandro rode somewhat neere to theAbbot, who stedfastly beholding him, perceived that he was a verycomely young man, so affable, lovely, and gracious, that even inthis first encounter, he had never seene any man before that betterpleased him. Calling him a little closer, he began to conferrefamiliarly with him, demanding what he was, whence he came, andwhether he travelled. Alessandro imparted freely to him all hisaffaires, in every thing satisfying his demands, and offering(although his power was small) to doe him all the service he could.
磁力中国搜索引擎:<外链> Afterward, she requested to have some conference with Manutio alone,and every one being gone forth of the Chamber, she spake unto him inthis manner. Every one commended the Queens deliberation, concluding that itshold be accordingly prosecuted: and thereupon, the master of thehoushold was called, to give him order for that evenings Tableservice, and what else concerned the time of the Queenes Royalty,wherein he was sufficiently instructed: which being done, thecompany arose, licensing every one to doe what they listed. The Ladiesand Gentlemen walked to the Garden, and having sported themselvesthere a while; when the houre of supper came, they sate downe, andfared very daintily. Being risen from the Table, according to theQueenes command, Madam Aemilia led the dance, and the ditty following,was sung by Madam Pampinea, being answered by all the rest, as aChorus. This seemed a happy opportunity to Manutio, to sing the dittie sopurposely done and devised: which hee delivered in such excellentmanner, the voice and Instrument concording so extraordinary pleasing;that all the persons then in the Presence, seemed rather Statues, thenliving men, so strangely they were wrapt with admiration, and the Kinghimselfe farre beyond all the rest, transported with a rare kinde ofalteration. Seating her selfe by him, as if shee had some weighty matter to tellhim; she proceeded in this manner. Alas my Lord, you shall not need toquestion them, because I can sufficiently resolve you therein: which(neverthelesse) I have long concealed, because I would not beoffensive to you. But in regard, it is now manifestly apparant, thatothers have tasted, what (I immagined) none but my selfe did, I willno longer hide it from you. Assuredly Sir, there is a most strange andunwonted ill-savour, continually issuing from your mouth, smellingmost noysomely, and I wonder what should be the occasion. In formertimes, I never felt any such foule breathing to come from you: andyou, who do dally converse with so many worthy persons, should seekemeanes to be rid of so great an annoyance. You say verie true wife(answered Nicostratus) and I protest to you on my Credite, I feeleno such ill smell, neither know what should cause it, except I havesom corrupted tooth in my mouth. Perhaps Sir (quoth she) it may be so,and yet you feele not the savour which others do, yea, veryoffensively. I cannot deny, but that some do affirme, that the Woman had turnedthe face of the Asses head towards Fiesola, and a Country Travailerpassing by the Vine, having a long piked staffe on his necke: thestaffe (by chance) touched the head, and made it turne divers timesabout, and in the end faced Florence, which being the cal forFrederigoes comming, by this meanes he was disappointed. In likemanner some say, that Monna Tessaes prayer for conjuring the Spirit,was in this order. With men it is not so, they are borne apt for a thousandoccasions, as well for the present purpose wee talke of, as infiniteother beside; yea, and many of them are more esteemed being aged, thenwhen they were young. But women serve onely for mens contentation, andto bring Children; and therefore are they generally beloved, whichif they faile of, either it is by unfortunate marriage, or someimperfection depending on nature, not through want of good will inthemselves. Wee have nothing in this World but what is given us, inwhich regard, wee are to make use of our time, and employ it thebetter while wee have it. For, when wee grow to bee old, our Husbands,yea, our very dearest and nearest Friends, will scarsely looke onus. Wee are then fit for nothing, but to sit by the fire in theKitchin, telling tales to the Cat, or counting the Pots and Panneson the shelves. Nay, which is worse, Rimes and Songs is made of us,even in meere contempt of our age, and commendation of such as areyoung, the daintiest morsels are fittest for them, and wee referred tofeed on the scrappes from their Trenchers, or such reversion as theycan spare us. I tell thee Daughter, thou couldst not make choyce ofa meeter woman in all the City, to whom thou mightest safely openthy minde, and knowes better to advise thee then I doe. But rememberwithall, that I am poore, and it is your part not to suffer poverty tobee unsupplyed. I will make thee partaker of all these blessedpardons, at every Altar I will say a Pater Noster, and an Ave Maria,that thou maist prosper in thy hearts desires, and be defended fromfoule sinne and shame, and so she ended her Motherly counsell. Nor could I count it rude, or rigorous, LOVE TO THEM: EXCEPT THEY INTEND TO SEEKE THEIR OWNE Master Doctour, you have lived both at Bologna, and heere in thesepartes with us, having (no doubt) sufficiently understoode, what it isto carry a close mouth, I meane the true Charracter of taciturnitie.Questionlesse, you never learned the A. B. C. as now foolish Ideotsdo, blabbing their lessons all about the towne, which is much betterapprehended by rumination; and surely (if I be not much deceyved) yourNativity happened on a Sonday morning, Sol being at that time, Lord ofthe ascendent, joyned with Mercurie in a fierie Triplicitie. By suchconference as I have had with Bruno, I conceyved (as he himselfealso did) that you were verie singular in Physicke onely: but itseemeth, your Studies reached a higher straine, for you havelearned, and know verie skilfullie, how to steale mens hearts fromthem, yea, to bereave them of their verie soules, which I perceyvethat you can farre better doe, then any man else living to myknowledge, only by your wise, witty, judicious, and more then meereMercurian eloquence, such as I never heard before. Now (quoth the Monke) thou canst confesse thine owne wilfull follie,but this should have beene thought on before, and whilest thou wastliving in the World. But if the Fates vouchsafe to favour thee somuch, as hereafter to send thee to the World once more; remember thypunishment here in Purgatory, and sinne no more in that foule sinne ofjealousie. I pray you Sir tell me, replyed Ferando, after men aredead, and put into Purgatory, is there any hope of their ever visitingthe World any more? Yes, saide the Monke, if the fury of the Fatesbe once appeased. O that I knew (quoth Ferando) by what meanes theywould be appeased, and let me visite the World on againe: I would bethe best Husband that ever lived, and never more be jealous, neverwrong so good a Wife, nor ever use one unkind word against her. In themeane while, and till their anger may be qualified; when next myWife doth send me food, I pray you worke so much, that some Candlesmay be sent me also, because I live here in uncomfortabledarkenesse; and what should I doe with food, if I have no light.Shee sends Lights enow, answered the Monke, but they are burnt outon the Altar in Masse-time, and thou canst have none other here, butsuch as I must bring my selfe; neither are they allowed, but onely forthe time of thy feeding and correcting. Afterward, she requested to have some conference with Manutio alone,and every one being gone forth of the Chamber, she spake unto him inthis manner. "My houses and publique places, are filled with the ancientStatues of my Predecessors, and the Annales recorde the infinitetriumphs of the Quintij, brought home by them into the RomaneCapitole, and yeares cannot eate out the glory of our name, but itwill live and flourish to all posteritie.
磁力中国搜索引擎:<外链> When these newes were carried to the Abbot, sodainly he brakeforth and saide. What new kinde of needy tricke hath my braine begottethis day? Why do I grow disdainfull against any man whatsoever? I havelong time allowed my meate to be eaten by all commers that didplease to visit me, without exception against any person, Gentleman,Yeoman, poore or rich, Marchant or Minstrill, honest man or knave,never refraining my presence in the Hall, by basely contemning onepoore man. Beleeve me, covetousnesse of one mans meate, doth ill agreewith mine estate and calling. What though he appeareth a wretchedfellow to me? He may be of greater merit then I can imagine, anddeserve more honor then I am able to give him. The Novell of Madame Eliza being finished, and some-what commendedby the King, in regard of the Tragicall conclusion; Philomena wasenjoyned to proceede next with her discourse. She being overcomewith much compassion, for the hard Fortunes of Noble Gerbino, andhis beautifull Princesse, after an extreame and vehement sighe, thusshe spake. My Tale (worthy Ladies) extendeth not to persons of so highbirth or quality, as they were of whom Madame Eliza gave you relation:yet (peradventure) it may prove to be no lesse pittifull. And now Iremember my selfe, Messina so lately spoken of, is the place wherethis accident also happened. Sister (quoth she) if I were faithfully assured of thy secrecie, Iwould tell thee a thing which I have often thought on, and it may(perhaps) redound to thy profit. Sister, replyed the other Nun, speakeyour minde boldly, and beleeve it (on my Maidenhead) that I will neverreveale it to any creature living. Encouraged by this solemne answere,the first Nun thus prosecuted her former purpose, saying. I know notSister, whether it hath entred into thine understanding or no,strictly we are here kept and attended, never any man daring toadventure among us, except our good and bonest Fac-totum, who isvery aged; and this dumbe fellow, maimed, and made imperfect bynature, and therefore not worthy the title of a man. Ah Sister, ithath oftentimes bin told me, by Gentlewomen comming hither to visiteus, that all other sweetes in the world, are mockeries, to theincomparable pleasures of man and woman, of which we are barred by ourunkind parents, binding us to perpetuall chastity, which they werenever able to observe themselves. Tofano (but in very uncivill maner) told her being abroad thatnight, and how she had used him: But the Neighbours seeing her to bewithin the house, and beleeving her, rather then him, in regard of histoo well knowne ill qualities; very sharpely reproved him, gave himgrosse speeches, pittying that any honest Woman should be socontinually abused. Now my good Neighbours (quoth she) you see whatmanner of man he is. What would you thinke of me, if I should walk thestreets thus in the night time, or be so late out of mine ownehouse, as this dayly Drunkard is? I was affraid least you would havegiven credit to his dissembling speeches, when he told you, that I wasat the Welles side, and threw something into the Well: but that I knowyour better opinion of me, and how sildome I am to be seene out ofdoores, although he would induce your sharper judgement of me, and laythat shame upon me, wherein he hath sinned himselfe. The time being come, which was concluded on for Iphigeniaesmarriage, in regard that the affianced husband had sent for her:Chynon thus communed with his owne thoughts. Now is the time (quothhe) to let my divine Mistresse see, how truly and honourably I doeaffect her, because (by her) I am become a man. But if I could bepossessed of her, I should growe more glorious, then the commoncondition of a mortall man, and have her I will, or loose my life inthe adventure. Being thus resolved, he prevailed with divers youngGentlemen his friends, making them of his faction, and secretlyprepared a Shippe, furnished with all things for a Naval fight,setting sodainly forth to Sea, and hulling abroad in those parts bywhich the vessell should passe, that must convey Iphigenia to Rhodesto her husband. After many honours done to them, who were to transporther thence unto Rhodes, being imbarked, they set saile upon theirBon viaggio. Must still conceale, THE SEVENTH DAY, THE FIRST NOVELL In the Town of Pistoia, bordering upon Florence, there lived notlong since, a Knight named Signieur Francesco, descended of the linageor family of the Vergellisi, a man very rich, wise, and in many thingsprovident, but gripple, covetous, and too close handed, withoutrespect to his worth and reputation. He being called to the Officeof Podesta in the City of Millaine, furnished himselfe with all things(in honourable manner) beseeming such a charge; onely, a comelyhorse for his owne saddle excepted, which he knew not by any meaneshow to compasse, so loath hee was lay out money, albeit his creditmuch depended thereon. SERVING AS AN ADMONITION TO ALL LADIES AND GENTLEWOMEN, NOT TO
That speake I could not, nor durst be so bold, But hearts enflamed with the same desire. When the appointed day was come, she arose very earely, and beingprepared answerable to her owne liking, to the Chappell shee went asher Husband had appointed, where her jealous Husband (being muchearlier risen then she) attended for her comming: having so ordred thematter with his Chaplaine, that he was cloathed in his Cowle, with alarge Hood hanging over his eyes, that she should not know him, and sohe went and sate downe in the Confessors place. Shee being entred intothe Chappell, and calling for the Priest to heare her confession, hemade her answer: that he could not intend it, but would bring her toanother holy Brother, who was at better leysure then hee. So to herHusband he brought her, that seemed (in all respects) like theConfessor himselfe: save onely his Hood was not so closely veyled, butshee knew his beard, and said to her selfe. What a mad world is thiswhen jealousie can metamorphose an ordinary man into a Priest? But,let me alone with him, I meane to fit him with that which he lookesfor. WHEREBY APPEARETH, THAT AN HUSBAND OUGHT TO BE VERY WELL ADVISED, Eares, while you heard her sweete delitious straines, The Judge standing amazed, and all there present in his company,were silent for a long while together: but, uppon betterrecollection of his spirits, thus he spake. This inconvenience whichthus hath hapned, and confounded our senses with no common admiration;in mine opinion concerneth the bed of Sage, avouching it either tobe venomous, or dangerously infected, which (neverthelesse) isseldom found in Sage. But to the end, that it may not be offensiveto any more hereafter, I will have it wholly digd up by the rootes,and then to be burnt in the open Market place. After he had laboured by all hopefull courses, to obtaine thatfavour of her, which he had formerly lost, without any offence in him,as his innocent soule truly witnessed with him, and saw that all hisfurther endeavours were fruitlesse and in vaine; he concluded toretreate himselfe from the World, and not to be any longer irkesome inher eye, that was the onely occasion of his unhappinesse. Hereupon,storing himselfe with summes of money, as suddenly he could collecttogether, secretly he departed from Florence, without speaking anyword to his friends or kindred; except one kinde companion ofhis, whom he acquainted with most of his secrets, and so travelledto Ancona, where he termed himselfe by the name of Sandoloscio.Repairing to a wealthy Merchant there, he placed himselfe as hisservant, and went in a Ship of his with him to Cyprus; his actions andbehaviour proved so pleasing to the Merchant, as not onely heallowed him very sufficient wages, but also grew into such associationwith him; as he gave the most of his affaires into his hands, which heguided with such honest and discreete care, that hee himselfe (infew yeeres compasse) proved to be a rich Merchant, and of famousreport. Yet find no forme at all: So soone as Madame Neiphila sate silent (the Ladies having greatlycommended the pleasant answer of Chichibio) Pamphilus, by command fromthe Queene, spake in this manner. Woorthy Ladies, it commeth topasse oftentimes, that like as Fortune is observed divers wayes, tohide under vile and contemptible Arts, the most great andunvalewable treasures of vertue (as, not long since, was welldiscoursed unto us by Madame Pampinea:) so in like manner hathappeared; that Nature hath infused very singular spirits into mostmishapen and deformed bodies of men. As hath beene noted in two of ourowne Citizens, of whom I purpose to speake in fewe words. The one ofthem was named Messer Forese de Rabatta, a man of little and lowperson, but yet deformed in body, with a flat face, like a Terrieror Beagle, as if no comparison (almost) could bee made more ugly.But notwithstanding all this deformity, he was so singularlyexperienced in the Lawes, that all men held him beyond any equall,or rather reputed him as a Treasury of civill knowledge. The Chorus sung by all And so consider of my miseries,
磁力中国搜索引擎:<外链> Pamphilus having ended his Tale, the King declaring an outwardshew of compassion, in regard of Andreanaes disastrous Fortune;fixed his eye on Madam Aemilia, and gave her such an apparant signe,as expressed his pleasure, for her next succeeding in discourse; whichbeing sufficient for her understanding, thus she began. Faireassembly, the Novell so lately delivered by Pamphilus, maketh mewilling to report another to you, varying from it, in any kinde ofresemblance; onely this excepted: that as Andreana lost her lover in aGarden, even so did she of whom I am now to speake. And beingbrought before the seate of Justice, according as Andreana was,freed her selfe from the power of the Law; yet neither by force, orher owne vertue, but by her sodaine and inopinate death. Andalthough the nature of Love is such (according as we have oftentimesheeretofore maintained) to make his abiding in the houses of theNoblest persons; yet men and women of poore and farre inferiourquality, do not alwayes sit out of his reach, though enclosed in theirmeanest Cottages; declaring himselfe sometime as a powerfullcommaunder in those humble places, as he doth in the richest andmost imperious Palaces. As will plainly appeare unto you, either inall, or a great part of my Novell, whereto our Citie pleadeth sometitle; though, by the diversity of our discourses, talking of somany severall accidents; we have wandred into many other parts ofthe world, to make all answerable to our owne liking. Having found her dwelling, and (like a kinde Father) being earnestlydesirous to see her; he dayly resorted nere to the house, where SirRoger Mandevile (for so was Gianettaes husband named) chauncing to seehim, being moved to compassion, because he was both poore and aged:commaunded one of his men, to take him into the house, and to give himsome foode for Gods sake, which (accordingly) the servant performed.Gianetta had divers children by her husband, the eldest being buteight yeeres of age, yet all of them so faire and comely as couldbe. As the old Count sate eating his meate in the Hall, the childrencame all about him, embracing, hugging, and making much of him, evenas if Nature had truly instructed them, that this was their aged(though poor) Grandfather, and hee as lovingly receiving these kilderelations from them, wisely and silently kept all to himselfe, withsighes, teares, and joyes intermixed together. Insomuch that thechildren would not part from him though their Tutor and Mastercalled them often, which being tolde to their Mother, shee came foorthof the neere adjoyning Parlour, and threatned to beate them, if theywould not doe what their Maister commanded them. The Ladies sighed verie often, hearing the variety of wofullmiseries happening to Alathiella: but who knoweth, what occasionmooved them to those sighes? Perhappes there were some among them, whorather sighed they could not be so often maried as she was, ratherthen for any other compassion they had of her disasters. But leavingthat to their owne construction, they smiled merrily at the lastspeeches of Pamphilus: and the Queene perceyving the Novell to beended, shee fixed her eye upon Madame Eliza, as signifying thereby,that she was next to succeed in order; which shee joyfullyembracing, spake as followeth. The field is very large and spacious,wherein all this day we have walked, and there is not any one hereso wearied with running the former races, but nimbly would adventureon as many more, so copious are the alterations of Fortune, in sadrepetition of her wonderfull changes: and among the infinity of hervarious courses, I must make addition of another, which I trust,will no way discontent you. WHEREIN IS MANIFESTED, THAT LOVE CAN LEADE A MAN INTO NUMBERLESSE While thus he went about, considering on all these things veryrespectively, he saw the Maister of the Abbots Houshold (becausethen it was the houre of dinner) command water to be brought forwashing hands, so everie one sitting down at the Tatle, it fell to thelot of Primasso, to sit directly against the doore, whereat theAbbot must enter into the Hall. The custome in this Court was such,that no manner of Foode should be served to any of the Table, untillsuch time as the Lord Abbot was himselfe set: whereupon, every thingbeing fit and ready, the Master of the Houshold went to tell his Lord,that nothing now wanted but his onely presence. WHEREIN MAY BE OBSERVED, WHAT PALPABLE ABUSES DO MANY TIMES
Hereupon, when the rest observed, that she had no help to cloud thispalpable shame withall, the tide began to turne, and hir tonguefound another manner of Language, then her former fury to pooreIsabella, growing to this conclusion, that it is impossible toresist against the temptations of the flesh. And therefore shesaide: Let all of you take occasion, according as it offereth itselfe, as both we and our predecessors have done: to be providentfor your selves, take time while you may, having this sentence alwaiesin remembrance, Si non caste, tamen caute. Wearisome is my life to me, etc, The Knight, being (perchance) a better understander, then aDiscourser; perceived by this witty taunt, that his Bowle had run acontrarie bias, and he as farre out of Tune, as he was from the Towne.So, lingering the time, untill her company was neerer arrived: heelefte her with them, and rode on as his Wisedome could best directhim. The Sarazine Lady, being well stept into yeares, upon thecommendable speeches delivered by Carapresa, did the more seriouslyfasten her eye on Constance, and compassion provoking her to teares,she tooke her by the hand, and (in loving manner) kissed herfore-head. So she led her further into her house, where dwelt diversother women (but not one man) all exercising themselves in severalllabours, as working in all sorts of silke, with Imbroideries of Goldand Silver, and sundry other excellent Arts beside, which in shorttime were very familiar to Constance, and so pleasing grew herbehaviour to the old Lady, and all the rest beside; that they lovedand delighted in her wonderfully, and (by little and little) sheattained to the speaking of their language, although it were veryharsh and difficult. Now, it evidently appeareth, that Spinelloccio well deserved whatwas done to him, and I purpose to speake of another, who needs wouldseeke after his owne disgrace. Signior Thorello, giving credit to the mans words, because they weremost true indeed, and remembring also, that the time limitted to hisWife, drew neere expiring within very few dayes, and no newes nowpossibly to be sent thither of his life, his Wife wouldquestionlesse be marryed againe: he fell into such a deepe conceitedmelancholly, as food and sleepe forsooke him, whereupon, he kept hisbed, setting downe his peremptory resolution for death. WhenSaladine (who dearely loved him) heard thereof, he came in all hasteto see him, and having (by many earnest perswasions and entreaties)understood the cause of his melancholly and sickenesse: he veryseverely reproved him, because he could no sooner acquaint himtherewith. Many kind and comfortable speeches, he gave him, withconstant assurance, that (if he were so minded) he would so orderthe businesse for him; as he should be at Pavia, by the same time ashe had appointed to his Wife, and revealed to him also the manner how. And plaint therein another new desire? Puccio instantly replyed. Now trust me Sir, there is no greatdifficultie in this labour, neither doth it require anyextraordinary length of time: but it may very easily be followed andperformed, and (by your friendly favor, in helping to direct theFurnace and Table, according as you imagine most convenient) on Sundayat night next, I will begin my taske.The place which Puccio had chosen, for his hopefull attaining tothe Philosophers Stone, was close to the Chamber where his daughterlay having no other separation or division, but an old ruinoustottring wall. So that, when the Scholler was playing his prize,Puccio heard an unwonted noise in the house, which he had neverobserved before, neither knew the wall to have any such motion:wherefore, not daring to stirre from his standing, least all should bemarrd in the very beginning, he called to his daughter, demanding,what busle labour she was about? The widdow, being much addicted tofrumping according as questions were demanded of her, and (perhaps)forgetting who spake to her, pleasantly replied: Whoop Sir, whereare we now? Are the Spirits of Alchimy walking in the house, that wecannot lye quietly in our beds? Wearisome is my life to me,
She going to the bed of Sage, reporting the whole precedent history,even from the originall to the ending: the better to make the caseunderstood, without the least colour of ill carriage towardesPasquino; according as she had seene him do, even so o she pluckeanother leafe of the Sage, rubbing her teeth therewith, and champingit as he formerly did. Strambo, and the other intimate friends ofPasquino, having noted in what manner she used the Sage, and thisappearing as her utmost refuge, either to acquit or condemne her: inpresence of the Judge they smiled thereat, mocking and deridingwhatsoever she saide, or did, and desiring (the more earnestly) thesentence of death against her, that her body might be consumed withfire, as a just punishment for her abhominable transgression. The Mistresse understanding now apparantly, the full effect of thewhole businesse, and in what manner it had bene carried, revealed tothe Maide her husbands speeches, concerning the glasse of sleepieWater, which was the onely engine of all this trouble, clearlyacquitting Ruggiero of the robbery, howsoever (in desparate fury,and to make an end of a life so contemptible) he had wrongfullyaccused himselfe. And notwithstanding this his hard fortune, whichhath made him much more infamous then before, in all the dissolutebehaviour of his life: yet it could not quaile her affection towardshim; but being loath he should dye for some other mans offence, andhoping his future reformation; she fell on her knees before herMistresse, and (drowned in her teares) most earnestly entreated her,to advise her with some such happy course, as might be the safety ofpoore Ruggieroes life. Mistresse Doctor, affecting her Maidedearely, and plainely perceiving, that no disastrous fortunewhatsoever, could alter her love to condemned Ruggiero; hoping thebest hereafter, as the Maide her selfe did, and willing to save liferather then suffer it to be lost without just cause, she directedher in such discreet manner, as you will better conceive by thesuccesse. Going aboord the Barke againe, within few dayes they came toSetalia, and there fearing the reprehension of his father, and leastthe Lady should be taken from him; it pleased Constantine to makehis stay, as in a place of no meane security. And (as before) aftermuch kinde behaviour used towards the Lady, without any meanes inher selfe to redresse the least of all these great extremities, shebecame more milde and affable, for discontentment did not a jot quaileher. Three yong Gentlemen affecting three Sisters, fledde with theminto Candie. The eldest of them (through jealousie) becommeth thedeath of her Lover; The second, by consenting to the Duke of Candiesrequest, is the meanes of saving her life. Afterward, her owneFriend killeth her, and thence flyeth away with the elder Sister.The third couple, are charged with her death, and being committedprisoners, they confesse the fact; and fearing death, by corruption ofmoney they prevaile with their Keepers, escaping from thence toRhodes, where they dyed in great poverty.