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DIGNITY, ARE NOT ALWAYES BESTOWNE ON THE WISEST MEN
Maestro Simone, an ydle-headed Doctor of Physicke, was throwne byBruno and Buffalmaco, into a common Leystall of Filth: The Physitianfondly beleeving, that (in the night time) he should bee made one of anew created Company, who usually went to see wonders at Corsica; andthere in the Leystall they left him.
After that the Ladies had a while considered, on the communicationbetweene the two Wives of Sienna, and the falshood in friendship oftheir Husbands: the Queene, who was the last to recount her Novell,without offering injurie to Dioneus, began to speake thus.
The reward for a precedent wrong committed, which Zeppa retortedupon Spinelloccio, was answerable to his desert, and no more thenequity required, in which respect, I am of opinion, that such menought not to be over-sharpely reproved, as do injurie to him, whoseeketh for it, and justly should have it, althogh Madam Pampinea (notlong since) avouched the contrary.
Now, it evidently appeareth, that Spinelloccio well deserved whatwas done to him, and I purpose to speake of another, who needs wouldseeke after his owne disgrace.
The rather to confirme my former speeches, that they which beguilesuch wilfull foolish men; are not to bee blamed, but rather commended.And he unto whom the shame was done, was a Physitian, which camefrom Bologna to Florence; and returned thither againe like unto aBeast, notoriously baffulled and disgraced.
It is a matter well knowne- to us, and (almost) observed day by day,that divers of our Citizens, when they returne from their studyingat Bologna: one becommeth an Advocate, another a Physitian, and athird a Notarie, with long and large gowns, some of Scarlet, and hoodsfurred with Minever, beside divers other great apparances,succeeding effectually daily in their severall kinds. Among whom,there returned (not long since) thence, one Master. Simon da Villa,more rich in possessions left him by his parents, then anieknowledge thereto obtained: yet cloathed in Scarlet, with hisMiniver hood, and styled a Doctor of Physicke, which title hee onelybestowed on himselfe, and tooke a goodly house for his dwelling, inthe street which wee commonly call La via del Cocomero. This MasterDoctor Simon, being thus newly come thither, among other notablequalities in him, had one more especial then any of the rest,namely, to know the names and conditions of such persons, as dailypassed by his doore, and what professions they were of, wherby anylikelyhood might be gathered of needing his helpe, and being hispatients, observing them all with very vigilant care.
But, among all the rest by him thus warily noted, he most observedtwo Painters, of whom we have heeretofore twice discoursed, Brunoand Buffalmaco, who walked continually together, and were his neeredwelling neighbors. The matter which most of al he noted in them, was;that they lived merrily, and with much lesse care, then any else inthe Cittie beside, and verily they did so in deede. Wherefore, hedemanded of divers persons, who had good understanding of them both,of what estate and condition they were. And hearing by every one, thatthey were but poore men and Painters: he greatly mervailed, how itcould be possible for them, that they should live so jocondly, andin such poverty. It was related to him further beside, that theywere men of a quicke and ingenious apprehension, whereby heepolitikely imagined, that theyr poore condition could not so wellmaintaine them; without some courses else, albeit not publiquelyknowne unto men, yet redounding to their great commoditie and profite.In which regard, he grew exceeding desirous, by what meanes he mightbecome acquainted, and grow into familiarity with them both, or any ofthem, at the least: wherein (at the length) he prevailed, and Brunoproved to be the man.