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Brewer's: Decameron

A volume of tales related in ten days (Greek, deka, hemera), as the Decameron of Boccaccio, which contains one hundred tales related in ten days. Source: Dictionary of Phrase and Fable, E…

Brewer's: Debt of Nature

To pay the debt of Nature. To die. Life is a loan, not a gift, and the debt is paid off by death. “The slender debt to Nature's quickly paid.” Quarles: Emblems. Source: Dict…

Brewer's: Decamp

He decamped in the middle of the night. Left without paying his debts. A military term from the Latin de-campus (from the field); French, décamper, to march away. Source: Dictionary …

Brewer's: Blanchefleur

The heroine of Boccaccio's prose romance called Il Filocopo. Her lover, Flores, is Boccaccio himself, and Blanchefleur was a young lady passionately beloved by him, the natural daughter of …

Brewer's: Calandrino

A typical simpleton frequently introduced in Boccaccio's Decameron; expressly made to be befooled and played upon. Source: Dictionary of Phrase and Fable, E. Cobham Brewer, 1894CalatravaC…

Brewer's: Frankeleynes Tale

in Chaucer, resembles one in Boccaccio (Decameron, Day x. No. 5), and one in the fifth book of his Philocope. (See Dorigen.) Source: Dictionary of Phrase and Fable, E. Cobham Brewer, 1894…

Brewer's: Millstones of Montisci

(The). They produce flour of themselves, whence the proverb, “Grace comes from God, but millstones from Montisci” (Boccaccio: Decameron, day viii. novel 3. Source: Dictionary …

Brewer's: Zineura

in the Decameron of Boccaccio (day ii. novel 9), is the Imogen of Shakespeare's Cymbeline. In male attire Zineura assumed the name of Sicurano da Finale, and Imogen of Fidele. Zineura's hus…

Brewer's: Countess di Civillari

(The). A bog, sewer, cesspool, into which falls the filth of a city. Two wags promised Simon da Villa an introduction to the Countess di Civillari, and tossed him, in his scarlet gown, into…

Brewer's: Dianora

was the wife of Gilberto of Friuli, but was passionately beloved by Ansaldo. In order to get rid of his importunity, she told him she would never grant his suit and prove untrue till he mad…