November 11, 2020
We begin the second day of stories in the lovely, green meadow at Sarrance with a brief and amusing tale told by Nomerfide, the youngest of our storytellers. It is, as Oisille puts it, “a rather dirty story”!
In it, a Madame de Roncex, finding herself “stuck as if by glue” to the seat of a privy at a Franciscan monastery (the Franciscans’ second appearance in the Heptameron), with the monks’ excrement all over her buttocks, clothing, and feet, cries out to a girl for help—only to have the girl, knowing the Franciscans’ reputation for sexual promiscuity, assume they are trying to rape Madame de Roncex. The girl thus brings a whole crowd to rescue the lady, who is humiliated when she finds herself exposed to all with “filth stuck to [her] behind.” In the end, though, realizing what the girl was trying to save her from, even Madame de Roncex has a good laugh, as do our storytellers.