The Decameron of Giovanni Boccaccio: Faithfully Translated by J. M. Rigg, with Illus. by Louis Chalon, Volume 2

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A. H. Bullen, 1903

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Page 85 - Baroncio 1 had a visage so misshapen but his would have shewed as hideous beside it ; yet so conversant was this man with the laws, that by not a few of those well able to form an opinion he was reputed a veritable storehouse of civil jurisprudence. The other, whose name was Giotto, was of so excellent a wit that, let Nature, mother of all, operant ever by continual revolution of the heavens, fashion what she would, he with his style and pen and pencil would depict its like on such wise that it shewed...
Page 250 - ... and maintained by the state, or the lord of the land ; where those that are assigned to that office allot to each merchant, on receipt of an invoice of all his goods and the value thereof, a room in which he stores his goods under lock and key ; whereupon the said officers of the dogana enter all the merchant's goods to his credit in the book of the dogana, and afterwards make him pay duty thereon, or on such part as he withdraws from the warehouse. By which book of...
Page 104 - The square buckler, lined with ' red velvet,' and the short sword of St Michael ; " A phial of the ' sweat of St. Michael,' when he contended with Satan ; " Some of the rays of the star that appeared to the Magi; with innumerable others, not quite consistent with decency to be here described.
Page 59 - No sooner had Federigo apprehended what the lady wanted, than, for grief that 'twas not in his power to serve her, because he had given her the falcon to eat, he fell a weeping in her presence, before he could so much as utter a word. At first the lady supposed that 'twas only because he was loath to part with the brave falcon that he wept...
Page 128 - ... or more, and by giving her a little purse of white thread that a nun had given him, had made her his devotee, no sooner heard Fra Rinaldo call the simpleton into his wife's room, than he stealthily got him to a place whence he might see and hear what was going on. Observing that the affair was now excellently arranged, he came down, and entered the chamber, saying : — " Fra Rinaldo, those four prayers that you bade me say, I have said them all.

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