I always desired to gather some basic info to "De remediis utriusque fortunae" and what it is about.
Thanks to a link of Ross I found the following passage, which attempts to describe the plot:
"Petrarch's Remedies, for Fortunes Fair and Foul"
Trans. Conrad H. Rawski
http://books.google.com/books?id=EspxOa ... q=&f=false
The passage is at p. xxiii
That's a sort of "plot at the beginning", 2 sisters have four children.
Children of Prosperity
Gaudium - Joy
Spes sive Cupiditas - Hope or Desire
Children of Adversity
Dolor - Sorrow
Metus - Fear
And that are ... tatata (the trum) ... trötrö (that was the triumphal trumpet)
"Four passions of the lady soul
they have forty cards in this game ...
... Love, Hope, Jealousy, and Fear
are the passions, and a tercet have the cards,
in order not to leave, who plays, in error."
... .-) ... well, one has to make something unusual, that the people wake up a little bit.
THAT's the origin of parts of the Boiardo poem.
Each intellectual of 15th century probably would have discovered it immediately (it's said, that this text was very popular), but we're so far off, that we need years for it.
Love = Gaudeum, Joy
Hope = Spes, Hope
Jealousy = Dolor, Sorrow
Fear = Metus, Fear
Ross, Marco ... I need help here
This work has a specific quality, it has two books and ...
book 1 is given as having 122 chapters
it seems, that Gaudere is second speaker till chapter 108 ###(later addition: sorry, I wrote first 103, but was an error) ###, then Spes takes its role
book 2 is given as having 132 chapters
it seems, that only Dolor speaks as second speaker, Metus seems to have no words
here is the content:
http://books.google.com/books?id=Q8oGAA ... is&f=false
and the addition of
1+3+5+7+9+11+13+15+17+19+21 = 121
and the addition of
2+4+6+8+10+12+14+16+18+20+22 = 132
The combination 121/132 is one step beside the real arrangement of 122/132 ... the difference might be the result of a later error, or perhaps, that the introduction wasn't counted or whatever. I've greater confidence, that this game with the number 22 is not the result of an accident, Petrarca composed such number elements likely with great care. His Canzonieri to Laura are 366, likely one for each day.
So possibly Petrarca composed something with a 22 into this work ... the question is what and how. If the number idea is correct, he composed it in alternating pairs, 11 good and 11 bad (likely, 1 opposes 2, 3 opposes 4 etc.), similar to the Boiardo arrangement of the 22 trumps.