Monthly Archives: August 2019

David Bruce: John Ford’s ’TIS PITY SHE’S A WHORE: A Retelling — Act 1, Scene 2

— 1.2 — On the street in front of Florio’s house, Grimaldi and Vasques were arguing. Florio was the father of Giovanni and of Annabella, whom Giovanni had fallen in love with. Grimaldi was a Roman gentleman who wished to … Continue reading

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David Bruce: John Ford’s ‘TIS PITY SHE’S A WHORE: : A Retelling — Cast of Characters and Act 1, Scene 1

CAST OF CHARACTERS Male Characters Friar Bonaventura: Giovanni’s mentor. A Cardinal: Nuncio to the Pope. A Nuncio is a papal ambassador. Soranzo: a Nobleman. Annabella’s suitor and eventual husband. He is 23 years old. Florio: Citizen of Parma. Father of … Continue reading

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David Bruce: John Ford’s THE LOVER’S MELANCHOLY: A Retelling — Act 5, Scene 2 and Epilogue

— 5.2 — Soft music played. Corax and Rhetias brought into the room a coach in which Meleander was sleeping. We might prefer to call the coach a wheelchair that could recline. Meleander’s hair and beard had been trimmed, and … Continue reading

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David Bruce: John Ford’s THE LOVER’S MELANCHOLY: A Retelling — Act 5, Scene 1

— 5.1 — Corax and Cleophila talked together in a room in the castle. “It is well, it is well,” Corax said. “The hour is at hand that must conclude the business — the business that no skill could all … Continue reading

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David Bruce: John Ford’s THE LOVER’S MELANCHOLY: A Retelling — Act 4, Scene 3

— 4.3 — Aretus and Sophronos spoke together in a room in the palace. “The prince is thoroughly moved,” Aretus said. “He is very emotional.” “I have never seen him so much distempered and out of balance,” Sophronos said. “Who … Continue reading

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David Bruce: John Ford’s THE LOVER’S MELANCHOLY: A Retelling — Act 4, Scene 2

— 4.2 — Rhetias and Corax talked together in a room in the castle. Rhetias said, “You are an excellent fellow. Diabolo — Devil! Oh, these lousy close-stool empirics — toilet-quality quacks — who will undertake all cures, yet don’t … Continue reading

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David Bruce: John Ford’s THE LOVER’S MELANCHOLY: A Retelling — Act 4, Scene 1

— 4.1 — Amethus and Menaphon talked together in a room in Thamasta’s house. They were talking about Thamasta, who was Amethus’ sister and Menaphon’s beloved. “Does she dote on a stranger?” Amethus asked. “She courts him,” Menaphon said, “and … Continue reading

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