The Crane in Decameron

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Retelling the fourth novella of the sixth day

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This is Chichibio, a Venetian cook in service of Currado Gianfigliazzi, who was a noble citizen of Florence. One day, on a falconing expedition near the town of Peretola, Currado caught a crane. Finding it to be young and plump, he sent it to Chichibio and bid him to prepare the bird for a banquet he was hosting that night.

Chichibio plucked the crane, and set it to the fire to roast slowly under his watchful eye. But, as it reached golden brown perfection, filling the kitchen with its lovely aroma ...