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  • Il Novellino

    XLIII
    Here it is told of Messer Giacopino Rangone and what he did to a court player

    Messer Giacopino Rangone1, a noble knight of Lombardy, being one day at table, had two flasks of very fine white and red wine before him.

    A buffoon being at the table, did not dare to ask for some of the wine, much as he desired to. Getting up, and taking a beaker, he washed it well and ostentatiously. Then when he had washed it, he flourished it in his hand and said: sire, I have washed it.

    And Messer Giacopino put his hand into the glass and said: Well you can complete your toilet2 somewhere else.

    The buffoon remained there and had no wine.

    1 Giacopino Rangone, son of Gherardo, was podestà (governor) of Bologna in 1240. Also possibly at Cremona. There are doubts as to the personality of the Giacopino referred to here.
    2 lit.: do your combing elsewhere.

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    Storer, Edward, trans. Il Novellino: The Hundred Old Tales. London: G. Routledge & Sons Ltd.; New York: E. P. Dutton & Co., [1925]. 115

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