chapter  6
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Catarina the Wise—Catarina la sapienti

Well, gentlemen, here’s a tale that people have told time and again. InPalermo there was once a great merchant, who was married andhad a remarkable daughter. From the moment she was weaned, she was so wise that she had a comment to make about anything that happened in the house. Because of this talent, her father called her “Catarina the Wise.” She grew up studying all sorts of languages, reading all sorts of books, and displaying abilities and talents unmatched by anyone.