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beautiful hands ? cries Giannet- the cause of his sudden change. to: at which the lady fimiled. He said, he felt nothing. She Giannetto takes the cup, and continued to press with great making as if he had drank, pours earnestness, till he was obliged the wine inco his bosom. The to confess the cause of his unealady thinking he had drank, finess, that Anfaldo was engaged says alide to herlelf with great for the money, that the term joy, You must go, young man, was expired : and the grief he and bring another thip, for this was in was left his father should is condemned. Giannetto went lole his life for hiin: that if the to bed, and began to snore as if ten thousand ducats were not he slept foundly. The lady per- paid that day, he must lose a ceiving this, laid herself down pound of his fieth. The lady by his side. Giannetto loses no told him to mount on horseback, time, but turning to the lady, and go by land the nearest way, embraces her, saying, Now am I to take some attendants, and an in possession of niy.uimoft wilhes. honored thoufand ducats; and When Giannetto came out of his not to llop, till he arrived at Ve. chamber, he was knighted, and nice: and if he was not dead, placed in the chair of itate ; had to endeavour to bring Anfaido to the scepter put into his hand, her. Giannetto takes horse with and was proclaimed sovereign twenty attendant, and makes of the country, with great pomp the best of his way to Venice. and splendour; and when the The time being expired, the lords and ladies were come to Jew had seized Ansaido, and inthe castle, he married the lady fiited on having a pund of his in great ceremony.
flesh. He entreated him only to Giannettó governed excellent- wait fome days, that if his deas ly, and caused justice to be ad. Giannetto arrived, he might have miniftred impartially. He con- the pleasure of embracing him.: tinued some time in this happy the Jew replievi he was willing to itate, and never.
entertained a wait, but, fuys he, I will cut off thought of poor Ansaldo, who the pound of fleih, according to had given this bond to the Jew the words of the obligation : An. for ten thousand ducats. But fildo answered, that he was conone day, as he flood at the window of the palace with his bride, Several merchants would have he saw a number of people pass jointly paid the money ; the Jew along the piazza, with lighied would not hearken to the protorches in their hands. What is posal, but infifted that he might the meaning of this ? says he have the satisfaction of saying, The lady answere], they are ar ihat he had put to death ihe tisicers going to make their ofn grea:eit of the Christian mer. ferings at the churci of St. John, Chanes. Ganneito making a!! this day being his festival. Gian. poflibie halle io Venice, his lady setto instantly reco!lected An- foon followed him in a lawyer's kaldo, gave a great figh, and habii, wih two fervants attendturned pale. Ilis lady enquired ing her. Giannetto, when he
came to Venice, goes to the Jew, lawyer caused a proclamation to and (after embracing Ansaldo) be made, chat whoever had any teils him, he is ready to pay the law matters to determine, they money, and as much more as he should have recourse to him: la Thould demand. The Jew said, it was told to Giannetto, that a he would take no money, since famous lawyer was come from it was not paid at the time due ; Bologna, who could decide all but that he would have the pound cafes in law.. Giannetto proposed of fic sh. Every one blamed, the to the Jew to apply to this lawJew: but as Venice was a place yer. With all my heart, says where justice was ftrictly admi- the Jew; but let who will come, nistered, and the Jew had his I will stick to my bond. They pretensions grounded on publick .came to this judge, and saluted and received forms, their only him. Giannetto did not rememresource was entreaty; and when ber him :: for he had disguised the merchants of Venice applied his face with the juice of certain to him, he was infiexible. Gian- herbs. Giannetto and the Jew, netto ofered him twenty thou- each told the merits of the cause. fand, then thirty thousand, af- to the judge; who, when he had terwards forty, fifty, and at last taken the bond and read it, said an hundred thousand ducats. The to the Jew, I must have you take Jew told hin, if he would give the hundred thousand ducats, and him as much gold as Venice was release this honest man, who will worth, he would not accept it; always have a grateful sense of and, says he, you know little of the favour done to him. The me, if you think I will defit Jew replied, I will do no such from my demand.
thing. The judge answered, it. The lady now arrives at Ve. will be better for you. The Jew nice, in her lawyer's drets ;, and was positive to yield nothing. alighting at an inn, the lana lord Upon this they go to the tribunal aiks of one of the servants who appointed for such judgments : his mailer was! The servant an and our judge says to the Jew, tuered, that he was a young lawa. Do you cut a pound of this man's yer who had finished his. Itudies files where you chuse. The at Bologna. The landlord upon Jew ordered him to be stripped this the vs luis guest great civility: naked; and takes in his hand a and when he attended at dinner, razor, which had been made on the lawyer inquiring how justice purpose.. Giannetto seeing this, was administered in that city; turning to the judge, this, says he answered, jeitlice in this place he, is not the favour I asked of is too severe, and related the case you!. Be quiet, says he, the of Ansaldo. Say: the lawyer, pound of Aeth is not yet cut off this question may be cally an As soon as the Jew was going to fivered. If you can answer it, begin, Take care what you do, lays the landlord, and save this says the judge, if you take more worly man from death, you or less ihan a pound, I will orwill get the love and elleem of der your head to be ftruck off: all the belt men of this city. The and beside, if you thed one
drop of blood you shall be put to I might spend four times as much, death. Your paper makes no without incurring her displeasure. mention of the shedding of blood; How are you pleased with the but fay's exprefly, that you may lady? says the lawyer. I love take a pound of flesh, neither her better than any earthly thing, more nor less. He immediately answers Giannetto: Nature seems fent for the executioner to bring to have done her utmost in formthe block and ax; and now, ing her. If you will come and fays he, if I see one drop of see her, you will be surprised at blood, off goes your head. At the honours she will shew you. length the Jew, after much I cannot go with you, says the wrangling, told him, Give me lawyer ; but since you speak so the hundred thousand ducats, and much good of her, I must desire I am content. Ne, says the you to present my respects to her. judge, cut off your pound of I will not fail, Giannetto anfeth according to your bond: swered; and now, let me entreat why did not you takс the money you to accept of some of the mowhen it was offered? The Jew ney. While he was speaking, came down to ninety, and then the lawyer observed a ring on his to eighty thousand; but the finger, and faid, if you will give judge was ftill resolute. Gian. me this ring, I shall seek netio told the judge to give what other reward. Wilingly, says he required, that Ansaldo might Giannetto; but as it is a ring have his liberty ;. but he replied, given me by my lady, to wear let me manage him. Then the for her fake, I have lome relucJew would have taken fifty thou tance to par: with it, and then sand: he said, I will nor give not seeing it on my finger, will you a penny. Give me at least,
believe, that I have given it to says the Jew, my own ten thou a woman. Says the lawyer, the fand ducats, and a curse con esteems you fufficiently to credit found you all. The judge re what you tell her, and you may plies, I will give you nothing: fay you made a present of it io if you will have the pound of me; but I rather think you wane felh, take it; if not, I will or to give it to some former mistress der your bond to be p:otested and here in Venice. So great, says annulled. The Jew seeing he Giannello, is the love and revecould gain no:hing, tore in rence I bear to her, that I would pieces the bond in a great rage. not change her for any woman Ansaldo was released, and con in the world. After this he takes ducted home with great joy by the ring from hi finger, and preGiannetto, who carried the hun sents it to him. I have ftill a fa. ·dred thousand ducats to the inn vour 10 ask, says the lawyer. It to the lawyer. The lawyer said, thall be granted, says Giannetto. I do not want money; carry it It is, replied he, that you do not back to your lady, that she may Atay any time here, but go as not say', that you have fquan- soon as possible to your lady. lo dered it away idly. Says Giana appears to me a thousand years netto, my lady is so kiud, that. till I see her, answered Giannetto;
and immediately they take leave he said all this to the lawyer, of each other. The lawyer em- when he asked for the ring. The barked and left Venice. Gi- iady replied, you would have annetio took leave of his Vene- done much better to stay at Vetian friends, and carried Ansal. nice with your mistresses, for I do with him, and some of his fear they all wept when you came old acquaintance acconi panied away. Giannetto's tears began them.
to fall, and in great forrow he The lady arrived some days assured her, that what the fup. before ; and having resumed her posed could not be true. The female habit, pretended to have lady seeing his tears, which were spent the time at the baths; and daggers in her bosom, ran to now gave orders to have the embrace him, and in a fit of Atreets lined with tapestry: and laughter shewed the ring, and when Giannetto and Ansaldo told him, that she was herself the were landed, all the court went lawyer, and how the obtained out to meet them. When they ar. the ring. Giannetto was greatrived at the palace, the lady ran ly astonished, finding it all true; to embrace Anfaido, but feigned and told the story to the nobles anger against Giannetio, tho’she and to his companions ; and this loved him excessively : yet the heightened greatly the love befeastings, tilts and diversions went tween him and his lady. He on as usual, at which all the then called the danisel who had Jords and ladies were present. given him the good advice in the Giannetto seeing that his wife evening not to drink the liquor, did not receive him with her ac and gave her to Ansaldo for a customed good countenance, cal- wife : and they spent the rest of led her, and would have faluted their lives in great felicity and her. She told him, she wanted conteniment. not his carefies : I am sure, says fhe. you have been lavish of them UGGIERI de Figiovanni 10 juine of your foriner niiltrefa took a resolution of going, tes. Giannetto began to male for some time, to the couri of excusein She asked him where Alfonso king of Spain. He was was the ring she had given him? graciously received, and living It is no more than what I ex there fometime in greai magn:Fested, cries Gianreio, and I ficence, and giving remarkable was in the right to say you would proofs of his courage, was grea:be angry with me; but, I swear iy esteemed. Having frequent by all that is facred, and by your opportunities of examining mideur felf, that I gave the ring nuiely the behaviour of the kinęs co che lawyer who gained our he observed, that he gave, as he cause. And I can livear, fars thought, with little dicernment, the lady, with as mucha folemni- castles, and baronies, to such who ry, that you gave the ring to a were unworthy of his favours ; woman: therefore swear no more. and to himself, who might preGanneito frotelled that what lie tend to be of foone estimation, had told her was true, and that le gave nothing : he therefore
thought the fittest thing to be the mule to him. Ruggieri andone, was to demand leave of swered, My reason is plain, you the king to return home. give where you ought not to
His request was granted, and give, and where you ought to the king presented him with one give, you give nothing; in the of the most beautiful and excel. fame manner the mule would not Jent mules, that had ever been sale where she ought, and where mounted. One of the king's me ought not, there she staled. truiiy servants was commanded to The King said upon this, if I accompany Ruggier, and riding have not rewarded you as I have aloog with him, to pick up, and many, do not entertain a thought recollect every word he said of that I was insensible to your great the king, and then mention that merit; it is fortune who hinderit was the order of his Sovereign, ed me'; she is to blame, and not thac he should go back to hiin. I; and I will shew you manifestThe man watching the opportu. ly that I speak truth. My difnity, joined Ruggieri when he content, Sir, proceeds not, anfet out, said he was going to. swered Ruggieri, from a desire wards Italy, and would be glad of being enriched, but from your to ride in company with him, not having given the smallest Ruggieri jogging on with his testimony to my deserts in your mule, and talking of one thing service: nevertheless your excuse or other, it being near nine o' is valid, and I am ready to see clock, told his companion, that the proof you mention, though they would do well to put up I can easily believe you without their mules a little, and as soon it. The king conducted him to as they entered the fable, every a hall, where he had already beart, except his, began to Itale. commanded two large caskets, Riding on further they came to Mut close, to be placed ; and bea river, and watring the beasts, fore a large company told Rughis mule staled in the river: You gieri, that in one of them was untoward beast, says he, you are contained his crown, scepter, and like your master, who gave you all his jewels, and that the other to me. The servant remember was full of earth : choose which ed this expression, and many of them you like beit, and then others as they rode on all day you will see that it is not I, but together; but he heard not a your fortune that has been unfingle word drop from him, but grateful. Ruggieri chofe one. what was in praise of the king, It was found to be the casket full The next morning Ruggieri was of earth. The king said to him told the order of the king, and with a smile, Now you may see, inllantly turned back. Wnen Ruggieri, that what I told you the king had heard what he had of fortune is true ; but for your faid of the mule, he command- fake I will oppose her with all ed him into his presence, and my strength. You have no inwith a smile, asked him, for tention, I am certain, to live in what reason he had compared Spain ; therefore I will offer you