Golden Cup in Decameron

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“Large and beautiful cup of gold”

”The men did his bidding: and on the morrow the Prince had a large and beautiful cup of gold brought to him, and having put Guiscardo's heart therein, sent it by the hand of one of his most trusted servants to his daughter, charging the servant to say, as he gave it to her: “Thy father sends thee this to give thee joy of that which thou lovest best, even as thou hast given him joy of that which he loved best.”

The symbolic meaning of the “large and beautiful cup” in this novella cannot be found in the cup itself, but in its material. Let us use this illustration to retell the plot first and then return to the role of the cup. And after that, a human heart!

After the introduction to the fourth day, Fiammetta starts off by telling the first tragic love story, which is about Ghismunda, the daughter of prince Tancredi of Salerno, and Guiscardo, one of his pages.