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him. I have still a favour to ask, says the lawyer. It shall be granted, says Giannetto. It is, replied he, that you do not stay any time here, but go as soon as possible to your lady. It appears to me a thousand years till I see her, answered Giannetto ; and immediately they take leave of each other. The lawyer embarked, and left Venice. Giannetto took leave of his Venetian friends, and carried Ansaldo with him, and some of his old acquaintance acsompanied him. The lady arrived some days before ; and having resumed her female habit, pretended to have spent o: time at the baths; and now gave orders to have the streets lined with tapestry: and when Giannetto and Ansaldo were landed, all the court went out to meet them. When they arrived at the palace, the lady ran to embrace Ansaldo, but feigned anger against Giannetto, though she loved him excessively : yet the feastings, tilts, and diversions went on as usual, at which all the lords and ladies were present. Giannetto seeing that his wife did not receive him with her accustomed good countenance, called her, and would have saluted her. She told him she wanted none of his caresses : I am sure, says she, you have been lavish of them to some of your former mistresses. Giannetto legan to make excuses. She asked him, where was the ring she had given him : It is no more than what I expected, cries Giannetto, and I was in the right to say you would be angry with me ; but, I swear, by all that is sacred, and by your dear self, that I gave the ring to the lawyer who gained our cause. And I can swear, says the lady, with as much solemnity, that you gave the ring to a woman : therefore swear no more. , Giannetto protested that what he had told her was true, and that he said all this to the lawyer, when he asked for the ring; The jady replied, you would have done much better to stay at Venice with your mistresses, for I fear they all wept when you came away. Giannetto’s tears began to fall, and in great sorrow he assured her, that what she supposed could not be true. The lady seeing his tears, which were daggers in her bosom, ran to embrace him, and in a fit of laughter showed the ring, and told him, that she was herself the lawyer, and how she obtained the ring. , Giannetto was greatly astonished, finding it all true, and told the story to the nobles, and to his companions; and this heightened greatly the love between him and his lady He then called the damsel who had given him the good advice in the evening not to drink the liquor, and gave her to Ansaldo for a wife; and they spent the rest of their lives in great felicity and contentment.