Sex in the decameron
The physical fortress of the convent emphasizes secrecy.
The archways placed around the perimeter of the convent symbolize a confessional.
At once, the son saw a beautiful young woman, and asked his father "what are they called?
These signify protection from the evils of society's sin (sexuality).
As Nuto told Masetto: God have better built sound of loins (Boccacco 166).
As a deaf mute, Masetto could not possibly be viewed as a threat to the convent.
The moral of the Third Day, First Story - that the desire to explore human sexuality is natural and should not be repressed-- is further illustrated in another passage of The Decameron. Boccaccio uses the illustration of a father who kept his son living in the hills so that his carnal desires would never be awakened.
One day the father took his son on a trip to the city.