The following story was translated from the Italian in 1607 by the English Poet William Grebe. Grebe claimed the original version was Boccaccio's, but Historians generally agree that it is much more likely that he just downloaded it from some web site or other.
The full title given by Grebe goes on for eight pages, but in later editions it was abbreviated to "Woman's Vanitie, or Howe the Widowe Leonora D'Amalfina did Comissione an Artist to Render Her Likenesse, and was Fuled by A Wily Man of Naples, Who Rogered Bothe Herre and Herre Daughter, and Took The Latter for His Wiffe."
Ye widowe Leonora D'Amalfina, the wealthieft ladie in all Naples, being proude and vayne,
Oh fuck it, I can't keep this writing style up, and besides, my spell-check is overloading...
The widow Leonora D'Amalfina, the wealthiest lady in all Naples, being proud and vain, made it known in the land that she wished for an artist to make her portrait. She cared not a whit whether he be Sculptor, Painter, Poet or Bard, so long as her true likeness was captured.
"I'm so fed up with all these so-called artists," she shouted one day to her beautiful daughter Mia, who was both chaste and exactly eighteen.
Leonora pointed up at a Mona Lisa that was being used to cover a damp patch on the wall: "I mean look at this shit. It's a fucking joke. It looks nothing like George Washington."
"I think it's pretty, Mama." Mia didn't look up from her sewing, even though she wasn't using needle or thread, but just miming.
Leonora glared at her daughter. "Pretty? Pretty?? I talk of Truth. I talk of Beauty, you half-wit. Yes: I daresay much Art is 'Pretty'. Like you are pretty. With your oh-so-spherical boobs and your wasp's waist, yellow and black striped. Yes, your legs may be moist, your lips blood-red, and your piss may taste like a fine Venetian Prosecco, but you will never have inner Beauty."
Mia sighed. "No, Mama. I will never have the famed Beauty of La Donna Leonora D'Amalfina."
Leonora stood at the window, glaring at the busy street below. "Damn straight." She attempted to punctuate this last statement by hocking a loogie on the head of a passing beggar, but the window was closed. Wiping the spit off with a sleeve, she starting shouting like an Italian:
"Oh! Why do they not see me as I truly am, these men; not as a wealthy widow with three villas in Tuscany, not as sole heiress to the D'Amalfina estate, but as myself? Why do they not see me as – a woman?"
She looked into camera, which means the question was rhetorical.
Now it happened then that a great sculptor was in town. He was as handsome as he was brave, and he was a terrible coward. He was driven insane, some said, when his cart overturned on the way from Carrara, and he lost all his marble. Others just said "Who?" when you mentioned his name, which to add an air of realism, I'll call Signor ----.
News of Leonora's request quickly travelled to Signor ----, mainly by word of mouth, but also by not washing hands after going peepee.
He twirled his moustache, until it hurt.
"Aha!" He thought. Now, I don't know about you, but I have never once thought "Aha" in my life. But this was Naples, this was the Renaissance. "Aha," he repeated. "This Signora D'Amalfina would make a great patrone (patron) for me (me)."
So he grabbed a block of marble and set off through the twisting, dark, urine-smelling, dangerous (but charming) back streets of Naples in search of Leonora's house.
He rapped smartly at the door of her house. This was his first mistake; she hated rap, and to get him to stop she emptied seven days' contents of her privy on his head from the upstairs window.
She leaned out and shouted down at him, "Who are you?"
"My lady, I am Signor ----."
"Who? Did you say Signor -----?"
"No, not -----, ----. I am Signor ----, and I have come to sculpt your likeness in marble."
"And will it be a true likeness?"
"It will be the apotheosis of verisimilitude, cunt."
Leonora turned from the window. Nervously, her eyes darted about the room, rolled across the floor, and popped back into her sockets. "He has the tongue of a scoundrel and the nose of a braggart. He'd make a fine husband for my daughter, who must be wed in three days, ere her nineteenth birthday, to an artist, as stipulated in my late husband's will, else all my fortune reverts to her," she said to herself, by way of subtle plot exposition.
She called down to him, "Come right up, Signor ----, and prepare to chip my bust!"
On hearing this, ---- twirled not only his moustache, but also the moustache of three passers by. For he was not just a scoundrel, but had recently passed his ne'er-do-well exams too.
When ---- entered, Leonora was seated upon the window seat, demurely holding an electric fan before her face.
She fluttered her nostrils coyly at him and bade him sit beside her.
"Come sir, and show me your portfolio."
---- laughed, showing a row of pearly white tonsils. "Signora, the whole world is my portfolio. What exactly is a 'portfolio'?"
He squeezed her hand tightly, which was unfortunate, because she was still holding her Profita roll.
"Oh, Signor ----, you're both a shit and a gentleman. Let us get down to it quick, before I lose my erection."
She began to strip off, slowly at first, then building to a mad frenzy by the end, like a Tarantella, throwing her clothes all over the place.
She stood naked before him. "Not bad, if you're into women," he thought, as he sharpened his tool vigorously on a whetstone and whipped the tarpaulin off his slab.
"How do you want me to pose, Signor? Like this?" She twisted her head round under her armpit and raised one leg, in the fashion of the naughty postcards of the day.
"No, no, no! A woman like you demands gravitas. You need a prop. Perhaps if you licked a dildo. No, better yet, let us be bold and gay and do it Greek style. Have you a discus?"
"I have a pizza. But it's anchovy."
"Fetch it, my lady, and prepare to become – a Goddess!" So saying he picked up his hammer and chisel with a flourish, and smote the marble smartly, but missed by about two feet, ending up nose first in the fold-out sofa.
He was a slow, methodical workman, chipping at the marble just once every ten minutes. Leonora wouldn't have minded, but he would always make the chipping noises with his mouth as well, which started to irk.
"How long is this going to take? I need to pee."
---- fetched a bucket and placed it between her legs.
"Use that. Art is like sex, Signora; it cannot be rushed, and you don't make any money from it unless you fake your death. If you're bored, let's talk. Let's talk, for instance, of my fee."
Leonora raised an eyebrow (her own), and said, "Your fee. Well, Signor, should your work be the truest likeness of me, I shall give you my daughter's hand in marriage. She has a massive dowry. Equivalent to about three million dollars in 2006, or fifty Euros."
"Sounds good. But what do you mean "truest likeness?" Am I to compete for her with others? Because I'm not good at confrontation."
"Of course. Did you think I would give away my only daughter to the first Tom, ---- or Harry that came along?"
---- stopped. He decided he'd better see the merchandise first. He'd seen Leonora's Ebay rating, and it didn't inspire confidence.
So Mia was brought in. She was already naked, but ---- wanted to be absolutely sure what he was getting, so she was made to peel off an outer layer of skin too.
Mia had an exquisite figure. If I start giving you measurements, I'll get flak from the Authors' Hangout Gestapo, so let's just say that the distance from her elbow to the tip of her fingers was exactly one cubit, and leave the rest to your filthy imaginations.
She seemed to move in slow motion as she crossed the floor and smiled at him. Her long, jet black pubes trailed almost to her ankles. He admired the little dimples in her butt cheeks which she always got after sitting too long on a goat.
He tried to resume his work, but she perched on the window seat and made monkey noises at him.
"Please, Signorina, you distract me from my work. Right now I'm sculpting your mother's vagina, which requires the utmost concentration, not to mention my size fifteen 'Ay Caramba!' masonry chisel to complete."
Beads of perspiration appeared on his brow as he chipped away delicately. But just then Mia yawned widely, showing him her little pink epiglottis, a sight few men could resist. He missed with his chisel, and chipped a tiny notch in one of the labia.
"Now look what you and your epiglottis have made me do!" He shouted, glowering at Mia, who paid no attention, but just stood there counting her fingers.
But he suddenly brightened. He marched over to Leonora, and chipped out a corresponding piece of her own labia.
"There!" He said proudly. "It is done. And it is truly a masterpiece, IMHO."
Leonora stepped around to look. "Who the fuck is that supposed to be?"
----'s face fell.
"You have made me too fat. And my breasts are round as ripe persimmons, not great pendulous things. Christ, they look like a couple of Moomintrolls. And how dare you make my nose so long."
---- only then realised too late what the title of this story clearly should have told him, that Woman is Vain and Fickle and prefers Flattery to Truth. In short, he fucked up.
The next day the ninety-six year old Venetian painter Giuseppe Subito called on Leonora, with a canvas under his arm and an easel down his pantaloons. She yanked him inside and up the stairs.
Giuseppe was an artist of the Neo-Platonist school, that is, he stunk. His knowledge of the principles of perspective was so bad that he actually increased in size as he walked away from you down a corridor.
He was nearsighted and colour bind, and his hands trembled and shook so violently due to the mild form of Bubonic plague he suffered, that he had a good side line going, working as a fluffer for the putanas of the Piazza San Marco.
"So, Signor Giuseppe, you claim to be a painter of renown. Anything recent I might have seen you in?"
"Signor," he croaked.
"It's Signora, you blind dolt." A bad sign, she thought.
"Okay, then, have it your way, Signora," he winked. "We're broadminded up North. Alas my recent work has all been voice-overs, mainly in charcoal. I'm actually between commissions right now. I'm kind of working more on my own projects."
"What a fucking loser," she thought, but probably in Italian.
Giuseppe liked to whistle as he worked, but he had never learned how, so he remained silent.
He had chosen to paint her in the style and viewpoint currently popular in Padua, known as uppo skirto.
In spite of appearances, Giuseppe was a fine artist, and after rendering only a couple of tiny blotches of blue and green in diagonally opposite corners of the canvas, anyone could have recognised it as Leonora.
He chained Leonora's ankle to his easel so she couldn't get away, and proceeded to discourse on the new, mathematical approach to painting exemplified today by that guy who shits on the floor in the Tate Modern:
"The human form tells of the inner soul through its geometry. Take, for instance, your eyes, Signora, assuming they are your own. The right one is four times the size of the left. Now four is the number of the beast, if you count its legs. And "four" rhymes with "whore", which is how you made your fortune, before marrying your husband."
"How interesting," said Leonora, desperately tugging on the chain.
"Indeed. And your lips are precisely in the centre of your head, which is a perfect tetrahedron. This shows you give good fellatio, as no doubt you will show me later."
Leonora flushed prettily at this, almost forgetting to put down the seat afterwards.
When he had finally finished, it looked just like a photo. It even had a blurred thumb in the corner.
But, as with ----'s effort, Leonora was not happy.
"You stupid old man! You have scarred and lined my face so that I look like an old hag. And my navel is not an outie, like a vole's dick!"
Yes, What a cunt Giuseppe had been. He too had committed the cardinal Sin against Woman. He had told the Truth.
Now, if you've read this far, you've probably given up on the sex by now. Ah HAH! Gotcha. Because now we come to Mia and her boyfriend, whom she abbreviated to b/f when she chatted on Yahoo.
His name was Bafu. He was the essence of Naples, the embodiment of Brighella, crafty and brutal, insatiably horny and murderous. He was a bad, bad boy. And for a girl like Mia, Bad meant Good. This is because she had a very weak grasp of basic Italian.
Bafu twirled a toothpick between his teeth and swaggered as he walked, to such an extent that he kept bumping his shoulders alternately on the walls of the alleyway. He would always spin around to check out the asses of the toothless widows as they passed him in the narrow lanes nervously, giggling and farting.
He shinned up the drainpipe and climbed into Mia's bedchamber. This was quite a bit slower than taking the stairs, but there was a painting of the Madonna and Child on their landing that had always terrified him since he was five, so he avoided it.
Mia was busy performing her toilette in the corner, and didn't notice him come in.
He tiptoed across the floor like a burglar and quickly pressed a hand over her eyes and rammed a thumb up her ass.
"Mama. I'm not in the mood for games."
"It is not Mama. It is I, Bafu, your lover."
She wheeled around, twice. This dislocated his wrist, as his thumb remained lodged deep inside her anus.
"Oh, Bafu. I'm so glad to see you. Fuck me. Now. I want to feel your big hard, knobbly salami inside me."
"Sure, but which do you want first?" He asked as he lifted her and looked around for the bed.
"Hey, where's your bed?"
"Alas, my love, it's been repossessed."
"No matter. I will build you a new one. Fetch me an Ikea Catalogue and I will assemble it in under six months."
"I cannot wait that long. Quick: Bend me out of the window and take me up the merdolare."
He went immediately to work, which kind of pissed her off, because he worked all the way across town. But that didn't stop her squealing and moaning while he pummelled away at her, his cheeks pumping rhythmically against her back, her lips to his ear, and his nose to her grindstone.
"Oh, my, GOD, Mamma Mia!" she shouted, as she saw her mother walking purposefully down the street below.
"That's it baby, whatever gets you hot," grunted Bafu, who was getting pretty tired by now. "That's right, your mother's fucking you up the ass the way you like it."
She wriggled to get away from him, but he just took it as a sign of how much she was enjoying it.
In the end she had to flip him over her back, out of the window, but his dick was still stuck inside her. Mia heard the front door slam, and quickly stood with her back against the window, while Bafu dangled three feet below outside, his cock having stretched into a bungee rope.
A crowd formed below, jeering Bafu, whose life now literally depended on his dick, and its ability to remain hard enough not to slip out from Mia's butt.
"Hey, Bafu!" Called an old man. "Done your tax returns yet?" But Bafu just managed to scramble back onto the window sill in time and collapse onto the floor, gasping. He was still lying there, his dick stretched to Literotica proportions, when Leonora entered.
Silently she appraised the situation, while Mia stood naked trembling, and Bafu lay curled on the ground.
Leonora's eyes narrowed – that is to say, they moved closer together.
"I think you better explain yourself."
"Mama, it's not what you think."
"Well, if this man is not here to fix the refrigerator, then what is he doing here?" Leonora asked.
Bafu stood, with difficulty. Mia spoke quickly: "He is- He is a glazier, come to make for you a mirror that will render your likeness to perfection, Mama,".
"Well, then. Go and make this fucking mirror then."
Bafu scrambled out and ran down the stairs, screaming in terror at the Madonna leering at him from the landing.
The next day was the day before Mia's nineteenth birthday. Leonora had given up hope of keeping her fortune, as she still hadn't found an Artist to whom she could give away her daughter to. Perhaps, she thought, this Bafu character could qualify as an artist, even though he was strictly speaking, merely a filthy artisan.
Bafu entered with a large wooden crate, the size of a small wardrobe, or a very large matchbox. He opened it up, and a chimpanzee ran out.
Leonora started. Then she finished. "What was that?"
"Nothing. It's irrelevant."
"No it's not, you fool. It's a chimpanzee."
"No, I mean it's not part of the story."
"Then why include it?"
"I think the author might fit it in later."
"Enough of your baboonery. Gibbon how little time we have, you'd better start on the mirror. And I'm warning you, if I don't like what I see..."
"You'll be the gorilla every man's dreams."
So saying so, he heaved the crate upright. And Leonora saw that the top of the crate, which was now the front, was of glass, and the image therein was of a maiden so beautiful that it would turn a queer man gay, and a straight man queer. Let me describe the image: You know what, I can't. Just go to Google Images and type "HOT CHICKS HORNY XXX SHAVED".
But of course, the box was hollow and empty, like this story, and it was actually her daughter Mia that was in the box. Buit Leonora was too proud vain to notice the obvious differences in their DNA sequences, and thought it was her.
And Bafu got behind Mia and fucked her up the ass again, while the chimp (who, it turns out was actually crucial to the plot) fucked Leonora up the ass. Then the chimp and bafu swapped round and cummed in ther mouths and the girls liked it off all there nipples and said NNNNGGGHHHH.
And Bafu was wed to Mia, and Leonora was happy, and the bells rang, and the musicans played and sang "That's Amore", and the Mafia financed everything.
Goodbye. Or as we say in Italy, Good-a-bye.