Abbess Aemilia is an abbess in Ephesus, highly respected by all.
She was shipwrecked years ago and lost her husband, as well as her twin sons, in the wreck. She approves of the concept that wives should chide their husbands for spending time with other women, but also chides the wives for complaining too much. She refuses to have the sanctuary of her house breached, insisting that she will treat Adriana’s husband’s madness herself. Discovering the identity of the man in her care, she rushes outside to explain everything to the Duke and see her husband again for the first time in decades. She holds a great feast at the abbey to celebrate the reunion.