The Story of Federigo’s Falcon (Fifth Day, Ninth Tale)

by Boccaccio, Giovanni

More About the Story:

Much as I would love to read the entire Decameron, and one day maybe I will (when the sound quality is improved to the point where I no longer sound like a podcastrati… and yes I am working on it!), for now, here’s enough of an excerpt to give you pleasantest of dreams of romance in the time of plague. Besides, it doesn’t get much more hypercritically metatextual, reading a bedtime story that is a bedtime story being read.

Until the day comes when I’m able to read the entire book, when you and I are all up all night tossing with the need for more words (and what a day that’ll be), you can read The Decameron yourselves if you want to pay for it.

Now, please go to bed. You need your rest. Sweet dreams. Don’t eat fowl.


Article written by miette

Miette has been podcasting the best of world literature's short fiction since March 2005, when she was just a pup.

15 Responses

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  1. Anonymous
    Anonymous March 29, 2005 at 1:49 pm |

    Such a lovely tale. Now I’m going to have to read the whole damned book. Thanks a lot!

  2. Scoot
    Scoot March 29, 2005 at 1:52 pm |

    Oops–that last comment was me, not some anonymous passerby.

  3. marilou
    marilou July 4, 2005 at 1:18 am |

    nice story

  4. rocky
    rocky November 26, 2005 at 3:58 am |

    what a great story, that inspires me to make one

  5. Tami
    Tami March 3, 2006 at 5:17 am |

    it made me laugh… first i choked, and then i couldn’t stop laughing…

  6. Anonymous
    Anonymous November 28, 2006 at 12:13 am |

    I love this story. It shows the lengths an individual will go in the pursuit of love.

  7. flyingsqurriel
    flyingsqurriel February 5, 2007 at 3:44 pm |

    i had to read this book in my english class and i must say that it suck and now im pissed because i have to do a report over it

  8. flyingsqurriel
    flyingsqurriel February 5, 2007 at 3:46 pm |

    it was a joke i love the book it made me happy you had better approve the comment before it was a funny ha ha joke and is only for laughs but it really was a good story i love it

  9. Chad
    Chad March 2, 2007 at 3:48 pm |

    your book sucks

  10. JOY
    JOY August 16, 2007 at 5:32 am |

    t’was so touching…
    sacrificing ur most priceless possesion inorder to satisfy others..

  11. February 24, 2008 at 3:31 am |

    from the Decameron : Federigo is Falcon

  12. dan 15
    dan 15 September 22, 2010 at 6:33 pm |

    I love the story of how a man made a sacrifice just to show his genuine love for the girl he loves.

  13. Bianca, Baker
    Bianca, Baker November 6, 2010 at 3:02 pm |

    i love this story

  14. chary
    chary November 16, 2010 at 10:15 pm |

    i like the story..

  15. boweavil
    boweavil August 10, 2017 at 7:57 pm |

    Miette, I just want to say that it is always a pleasure to hear you read. Your voice, your accent, your humor all come through. Thank you.

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