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* HypocriticalHumor: Day 9, Story 2 is about an abbess who was woken up at night with a report that one of her nuns harbors a lover. She catches the girl red-handed, assembles everyone, starts lecturing her about what a terrible and unforgivable sin this is... until the nun politely points out that upon being woken up, the abbess put on her head not the required headdress, but [[SexDress her own night guest's pants]]. The abbess hurries to change the tone of her lecture to one of forgiveness and the difficulties of resisting temptation.

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* HypocriticalHumor: Day 9, Story 2 is about an abbess who was woken up at night with a report that one of her nuns harbors a lover. She catches the girl red-handed, assembles everyone, starts lecturing her about what a terrible and unforgivable sin this is... until the nun politely points out that upon being woken up, the abbess put on her head not the required headdress, but [[SexDress [[SexDressed her own night guest's pants]]. The abbess hurries to change the tone of her lecture to one of forgiveness and the difficulties of resisting temptation.

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* HypocriticalHumor: Day 9, Story 2 is about an abbess who was woken up at night with a report that one of her nuns harbors a lover. She catches the girl red-handed, assembles everyone, starts lecturing her about what a terrible and unforgivable sin this is... until the nun politely points out that upon being woken up, the abbess put on her head not the required headdress, but [[SexDress her own night guest's pants]]. The abbess hurries to change the tone of her lecture to one of forgiveness and the difficulties of resisting temptation.


%%* BedTrick: More than once, used in various ways.

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%%* * BedTrick: More than once, used in various ways.Frequently, and with many different outcomes - a woman is tricked into having an affair with another man and decides she prefers him to her husband (Day 3, story 6); a woman tricks a suitor into having sex with a maid and humiliates him (Day 8, story 4); a case of mistaken identity makes a woman think quickly to come up with a cover story (Day 9, story 6); a palace worker impersonates the king, sleeps with his wife and gets away with it [[ItMakesSenseInContext by shaving the heads of the palace staff]] (Day 3, story 2).


* AbsenceMakesTheHeartGoYonder: Girolamo after two years comes back to find his lover married to another man and she completely forgot about him. [[spoiler: He dies after failing to win her back and she dies from remorse.]]
* AccidentalPornomancer: Alatiel becomes the sex slave or the wife of eight men before being reunited with her fiancé. (Day 2, story 7)



* AbsenceMakesTheHeartGoYonder: Girolamo after two years comes back to find his lover married to another man and she completely forgot about him. [[spoiler: He dies after failing to win her back and she dies from remorse.]]
* AccidentalPornomancer: Alatiel becomes the sex slave or the wife of eight men before being reunited with her fiancé. (Day 2, story 7)



%%* BlackComedyRape: (Day 3, story 10).
%%* BlasphemousBoast: (Day 1, story 6).
%%* BrainlessBeauty:
%%** Cesca (Day 6, story 8).
%%** Lisetta da Quirino (Day 4, story 2).
%%** Cimone before falling in love (Day 5, story 1).

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%%* * BlackComedyRape: Apparently, [[AllWomenAreLustful Alibech]] [[DoubleStandardRapeFemaleOnMale does this to Rustico]] in (Day 3, story 10).
%%* * BlasphemousBoast: (Day 1, story 6).
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6) has a drunken man claim that his wine is "good enough for Christ himself."
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BrainlessBeauty:
%%** ** Cesca (Day 6, story 8).
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8) is told not to look at her face in the mirror lest she sees nasty folk.
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Lisetta da Quirino (Day 4, story 2).
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2) is easily fooled by Friar Alberto, who claims that he's the Archangel Gabriel so he can sleep with her.
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Cimone before falling in love with Iphigenia (Day 5, story 1).



%%* CorruptChurch: Very frequently referenced.
* CoveredInGunge: (Day 8, story 9) has Bruno and Buffalmacco cast a physician named Simone into a filthy ditch and leave him there.

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%%* * CorruptChurch: Very frequently referenced.
referenced. See DirtyOldMonk below.
* CoveredInGunge: (Day Day 8, story 9) 9 has Bruno and Buffalmacco cast a physician named Simone into a filthy ditch and leave him there.



%%* DeathByDespair: [[spoiler:Girolamo and his lover.]]

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%%* * DeathByDespair: [[spoiler:Girolamo and his lover.lover die after he discovers that AbsenceMakesTheHeartGoYonder.]]



%%* DownerEnding: Day 4, although the second tale has a comedic tone and the person who suffers is an asshole.

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%%* * DownerEnding: The theme for Day 4, 4 is that a character ends up suffering misfortune, although the second tale has a comedic tone and the person who suffers is an asshole.



%%* FemaleMisogynist: The female storytellers. One of them narrates the infamous "Salomon and the Bridge" tale.

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%%* * FemaleMisogynist: The female storytellers. One of them It is Emilia who narrates the infamous "Salomon and the Bridge" tale.tale (Day 9, story 9).



%%* ICallHimMisterHappy: "The Devil".
%%* IncompatibleOrientation: Pietro and his wife. (Day 5, story 10). The latter ends sharing her lover with him.
%%* InsaneTrollLogic: Abraham's reasoning for becoming a Christian in Day 1, Story 2.

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%%* * ICallHimMisterHappy: Rustico's "The Devil".
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Devil" in Day 3, story 10.
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IncompatibleOrientation: Pietro and his wife.Pietro, a DepravedHomosexual whose wife is pretty much TheBeard. (Day 5, story 10). The latter Pietro's wife ends sharing her lover with him.
%%* * InsaneTrollLogic: Abraham's reasoning for becoming a Christian in Day 1, Story 2.2 is that if Christianity can still spread even when its hierarchy is so corrupt, it must be the true word of God.



%%* OutGambitted: It happens to some of the characters (e.g., Day 7, story 4).

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%%* * OutGambitted: It happens to some of the characters (e.g., Tofano in Day 7, story 4).4 is outwitted by his own wife).



%%* ThoseTwoGuys: Bruno and Buffalmacco

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%%* * ThoseTwoGuys: Bruno and BuffalmaccoBuffalmacco in (Day 8, story 3), (Day 8, story 9), and (Day 9, story 3) are two pranksters who outwit such buffoons as Calandrino and Simone.



%%* UnusualEuphemism: "Putting the Devil back into Hell".

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%%* * UnusualEuphemism: "Putting the Devil back into Hell".Hell" (Day 3, story 10). It is for this reason why this tale was not translated in earlier English translations of the Decameron.


* AllWomenAreLustful: And how! Provides the page quote for that trope: "While farmers generally allow one rooster for ten hens, ten men are scarcely sufficient to service one woman."

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* AllWomenAreLustful: And how! Provides the page quote for that trope: "While farmers generally allow one rooster for ten hens, ten men are scarcely sufficient to service one woman."



* BrainlessBeauty:
** Cesca (Day 6, story 8).
** Lisetta da Quirino (Day 4, story 2).
** Cimone before falling in love (Day 5, story 1).

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* %%* BrainlessBeauty:
** %%** Cesca (Day 6, story 8).
** %%** Lisetta da Quirino (Day 4, story 2).
** %%** Cimone before falling in love (Day 5, story 1).



* ButtMonkey: Calandrino.

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* %%* ButtMonkey: Calandrino.



* CorruptChurch: Very frequently referenced.

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* %%* CorruptChurch: Very frequently referenced.



* DeadPersonConversation: (Day 7, story 10)
* DeathByDespair: [[spoiler:Girolamo and his lover.]]
* DepravedHomosexual: Ciapelletto (Day 1, story 1); Pietro (Day 5, story 10).

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* %%* DeadPersonConversation: (Day 7, story 10)
* %%* DeathByDespair: [[spoiler:Girolamo and his lover.]]
* %%* DepravedHomosexual: Ciapelletto (Day 1, story 1); Pietro (Day 5, story 10).



* DownerEnding: Day 4, although the second tale has a comedic tone and the person who suffers is an asshole.

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* %%* DownerEnding: Day 4, although the second tale has a comedic tone and the person who suffers is an asshole.



* FemaleMisogynist: The female storytellers. One of them narrates the infamous "Salomon and the Bridge" tale.

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* %%* FemaleMisogynist: The female storytellers. One of them narrates the infamous "Salomon and the Bridge" tale.



* ICallHimMisterHappy: "The Devil".
* IncompatibleOrientation: Pietro and his wife. (Day 5, story 10). The latter ends sharing her lover with him.
* InsaneTrollLogic: Abraham's reasoning for becoming a Christian in Day 1, Story 2.
* InWhichATropeIsDescribed: The tales' titles.
* IWantMyBelovedToBeHappy: (Day 10, Story 4); (Day 10, story 6); (Day 10, story 8)

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* %%* ICallHimMisterHappy: "The Devil".
* %%* IncompatibleOrientation: Pietro and his wife. (Day 5, story 10). The latter ends sharing her lover with him.
* %%* InsaneTrollLogic: Abraham's reasoning for becoming a Christian in Day 1, Story 2.
* %%* InWhichATropeIsDescribed: The tales' titles.
* %%* IWantMyBelovedToBeHappy: (Day 10, Story 4); (Day 10, story 6); (Day 10, story 8)



* KingIncognito: The princess in (Day 2, story 3), Saladin in (Day 10, story 9)

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* %%* KingIncognito: The princess in (Day 2, story 3), Saladin in (Day 10, story 9)



* NaughtyNuns: In a couple of the stories; also frequent is the SexyPriest and DirtyOldMonk.

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* %%* NaughtyNuns: In a couple of the stories; also frequent is the SexyPriest and DirtyOldMonk.



* OutGambitted: It happens to some of the characters (e.g., Day 7, story 4).

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* %%* OutGambitted: It happens to some of the characters (e.g., Day 7, story 4).



* SoBeautifulItsACurse: Alatiel (Day 2, story 7).

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* %%* SoBeautifulItsACurse: Alatiel (Day 2, story 7).



* TakeThat: Boccaccio really hated corrupt clergymen. And Venetians.
* ThoseTwoGuys: Bruno and Buffalmacco

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* %%* TakeThat: Boccaccio really hated corrupt clergymen. And Venetians.
* %%* ThoseTwoGuys: Bruno and Buffalmacco



* UnusualEuphemism: "Putting the Devil back into Hell".
* VillainWithGoodPublicity: [[spoiler:Ciapelletto]]

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* %%* UnusualEuphemism: "Putting the Devil back into Hell".
* %%* VillainWithGoodPublicity: [[spoiler:Ciapelletto]]


* Day 3, story 10: Long considered the most obscene and was censored or removed in translations for a significant period. Might be a codifier of IsThatWhatTheyAreCallingItNow.[[note]]If you must insist: a Tunisian girl converts to Christianity as she hears the happiest way of life is to serve God. She travels far to find a monastery to teach her the ways of God but is rejected as it is feared that monks might lust after her. Eventually, she finds a young hermit to teach her and as he is overcome with lust for the beautiful girl, he thinks of a way to sleep with her. Long story short, the hermit calls his cock "the Devil" and her pussy "Hell", and he teaches her how to put the Devil back into Hell. She enjoys it so much, she tires the hermit out and marries someone who doesn't subsist on limited food.[[/note]]

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* Day 3, story 10: Long considered the most obscene and was censored or removed in translations for a significant period. Might be a codifier of IsThatWhatTheyAreCallingItNow.[[note]]If you must insist: a [[note]]A Tunisian girl converts to Christianity as she hears the happiest way of life is to serve God. She travels far to find a monastery to teach her the ways of God but is rejected as it is feared that monks might lust after her. Eventually, she finds a young hermit to teach her and as he is overcome with lust for the beautiful girl, he thinks of a way to sleep with her. Long story short, the hermit calls his cock "the Devil" and her pussy "Hell", and he teaches her how to put the Devil back into Hell. She enjoys it so much, she tires the hermit out and marries someone who doesn't subsist on limited food.[[/note]]


* Day 3, story 10: Long considered the most obscene and was censored or removed in translations for a significant period. Might be a codifier of IsThatWhatTheyAreCallingItNow.[[note]]If you must insist: A Tunisian girl converts to Christianity as she hears the happiness way of life is to serve God. She travels far to find a monastery to teach her the ways of God but is rejected as it is feared that monks might lust after her. Eventually, she finds a young hermit to teach her and as he is overcome with lust for the beautiful girl, he thinks of a way to sleep with her. Long story short, the hermit calls his cock "the Devil" and her pussy "Hell", and he teaches her how to put the Devil back into Hell. She enjoys it so much, she tires the hermit out and marries someone who doesn't subsist on limited food.[[/note]]
* Day 4, story 5: Lisabetta and the lowly Lorenzo love each other in secret, but her three brothers find out, lure Lorenzo away and kill him. He appears to her in a dream and leads her to where his body is buried, and she cuts of his head and hides it in a jar of earth where she plants basil. Her brothers note her obsession with the jar and steals it away, and she dies of grief.

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* Day 3, story 10: Long considered the most obscene and was censored or removed in translations for a significant period. Might be a codifier of IsThatWhatTheyAreCallingItNow.[[note]]If you must insist: A a Tunisian girl converts to Christianity as she hears the happiness happiest way of life is to serve God. She travels far to find a monastery to teach her the ways of God but is rejected as it is feared that monks might lust after her. Eventually, she finds a young hermit to teach her and as he is overcome with lust for the beautiful girl, he thinks of a way to sleep with her. Long story short, the hermit calls his cock "the Devil" and her pussy "Hell", and he teaches her how to put the Devil back into Hell. She enjoys it so much, she tires the hermit out and marries someone who doesn't subsist on limited food.[[/note]]
* Day 4, story 5: Lisabetta and the lowly Lorenzo love each other in secret, but her three brothers find out, lure Lorenzo away and kill him. He appears to her in a dream and leads her to where his body is buried, and she cuts of his head and hides it in a jar of earth where she plants basil. Her brothers note her obsession with the jar and steals steal it away, and she dies of grief.


* FarEast: The story of Mithridanes and Nathan (Day 10, story 3) takes place in "Cathay", a little bit outside the capital (probably Khanbaliq, i.e. UsefulNotes/{{Beijing}}).
* FateWorseThanDeath: A lady rejected her knight suitor and rejoiced when he killed himself. She's sentenced to be hunted and killed by him, eaten by his dogs and brought back to life every Friday for the same amount of years than the months she was cruel to him. This frightens Nastagio's love so much she finally agrees to marry him. (Day 5, story 8)



* FarEast: The story of Mithridanes and Nathan (Day 10, story 3) takes place in "Cathay", a little bit outside the capital (probably Khanbaliq, i.e. UsefulNotes/{{Beijing}}).
* FateWorseThanDeath: A lady rejected her knight suitor and rejoiced when he killed himself. She's sentenced to be hunted and killed by him, eaten by his dogs and brought back to life every Friday for the same amount of years than the months she was cruel to him. This frightens Nastagio's love so much she finally agrees to marry him. (Day 5, story 8)


* DreamingOfThingsToCome: (Day 4, story 6)

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* DreamingOfThingsToCome: (Day 4, story 6)6): Andreuola dreams that a dark and terrible thing is clutching at her lover Gabriotto. [[spoiler: The next day, Gabriotto dies in Andreuola's arms]].


* DistinguishingMark: Teodoro is recognized by a strawberry shaped birth mark (Day 5, story 7).



* DistinguishingMark: Teodoro is recognized by a strawberry shaped birth mark (Day 5, story 7).
%%* DreamingOfThingsToCome: (Day 4, story 6)

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* DistinguishingMark: Teodoro is recognized by a strawberry shaped birth mark (Day 5, story 7).
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DreamingOfThingsToCome: (Day 4, story 6)


%%* DreamingOfThingsToCome: (Day 4, story 6), (Day 9, story 7).

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%%* DreamingOfThingsToCome: (Day 4, story 6), (Day 6)
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9, story 7).7) has a man named Talano d'Imolese dream that his wife is attacked by a savage wolf. He tries to warn her, but she ignored him. [[SelfFulfillingProphecy The dream comes true]].


* VillainProtagonist: Ciapelletto (Day 1, story 1) is a ConsummateLiar, Friar Alberto (Day 4, story 2) is an AssholeVictim, and Cimon (Day 5, story 1).

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* VillainProtagonist: Ciapelletto (Day 1, story 1) is a ConsummateLiar, Friar Alberto (Day 4, story 2) is an AssholeVictim, and Cimon (Day 5, story 1).1) kidnaps the woman he loves.

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*CoveredInGunge: (Day 8, story 9) has Bruno and Buffalmacco cast a physician named Simone into a filthy ditch and leave him there.

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**A less sympathetic example of a domestic abuser would be Calandrino in (Day 8, story 3). In it, he collects stones. As soon as his wife catches him in their house, he beats her up until she is black and blue! Boccaccio points out that in this instance, he is more at fault than she because he did not warn her beforehand.


*DidIMentionItsChristmas: (Day 7, story 5) is set on Christmas Day and involves a husband who is suspicious about his wife.



%%* HappilyEverAfter: Day 5.

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%%* * HappilyEverAfter: The theme for Day 5.5 is that a pair of lovers survive calamities or misfortunes and attain a state of happiness.

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