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Dioneo, king in Seventh Day, calls for stories in which wives fool their husbands. He moves their location to the Valley of the Ladies for the day.
Emilia relays the first story of the day. Monna Tessa is the wife of Gianni Lotteringhi. Her lover Federigo visits her when Gianni isn't home. One night, Gianni returns home unexpectedly. When Federigo knocks on their bedroom door, Tessa convinces her husband it's a werewolf knocking, and she has a prayer to get rid of the creature. She says the prayer aloud—it is a warning to Federigo her husband is with her. Federigo leaves with Gianni none the wiser. Later, Tessa and Federigo laugh over her prayer.
Deceptions abound in this day's theme. The first story shows the gullible nature of husbands, especially in light of their wives' infidelity. Tessa makes up a prayer on the fly to warn her lover her husband has come home early. Federigo hears the prayer, and leaves before their relationship is discovered. Gianni is left in the dark about what his wife really gets up to while he is away.