9.4 With friends like these…
- Cecco Angiulieri and Cecco Fortarrigo, are both born in Sienna, and both hate their fathers. Angiulieri decides to leave home to enter the service of a noble clergyman, even if it means he has to beg the money from the father he despises. Fortarrigo hears of this and asks to come along as the servant of Angiulieri. But Sienna is not so small a city that reputations can be hidden and it’s well known that Fortarrigo is a gambler and a drunkard. At first the answer is NO!! But Fortarrigo whines and begs and eventually Anguilieri gives in, because he knows what it’s like to want to escape from a tyrant. Grateful and relieved, Fortarrigo promises to be good.
- This goes as you would expect, badly. The very first night, Fortarrigo loses all of his money and all of his clothes at the gambling table. Then he proceeds to lose all of Angiulieri’s money and clothes, and proceeds to hide, for what good that will do him. Logic doesn’t enter into it.
- Fortarrigo gets tired of waiting for his ‘servant’ and goes to settle the bill. But he can’t find his money, and immediately understands what has happened. Eventually Anguilieri returns, wearing only the shirt on his back and when Fortarrigo berates him, plays dumb. Disgusted, Fortarrigo mounts his horse and leaves Anguilieri in the dust.
- Anguilieri is a drunk and a gambler, and also a knave. He runs after Fortarrigo crying and shouting that Anguilieri has robbed him!!! Some peasants, hearing this uproar and really not caring to find out who robbed who, takes this as an opportunity to drag Fortarrigo off the horse, thrash him, and deliver the horse to Fortarrigo who takes it gladly.
- Anguilieri is left on the road, with only the shirt on his back. He has to trudge home to face the scorn and wrath of his paterfamilias .
- The end????