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Ninth Day, Novel V

[021] Now Bruno knew what the damsel was, for he had seen her arrive, and moreover Filippo had told him. So, Calandrino having given over working for a while, and betaken him to her, Bruno acquainted Nello and Buffalmacco with the whole story; and thereupon they privily concerted how to entreat him in regard of this love affair. [022] Wherefore, upon his return, quoth Bruno softly: "Didst see her?"[023]"Ay, woe's me!" replied Calandrino: "she has stricken me to the death." [024] Quoth Bruno: "I will go see if she be the lady I take her to be, and if I find that 'tis so, leave the rest to me." [025] Whereupon down went Bruno, and found Filippo and the damsel, and fully apprised them what sort of fellow Calandrino was, and what he had told them, and concerted with them what each should do and say, that they might have a merry time together over Calandrino's love affair. [026] He then rejoined Calandrino, saying: "'Tis the very same; and therefore the affair needs very delicate handling, for, if Filippo were but ware thereof, not all Arno's waters would suffice to cleanse us. However, what should I say to her from thee, if by chance I should get speech of her?" [027] "I' faith," replied Calandrino, "why, first, first of all, thou wilt tell her that I wish her a thousand bushels of the good seed of generation, and then that I am her servant, and if she is fain of--aught--thou tak'st me?" [028] "Ay," quoth Bruno, "leave it to me."