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David Bruce: Ben Jonson’s VOLPONE: A Retelling — Act 5, Scenes 1-2

— 5.1 — Volpone was alone in his room. He said to himself, “Well, I am here, and all this turmoil is in the past. I never disliked my disguise as a seriously ill person until this moment that just … Continue reading

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David Bruce: Ben Jonson’s VOLPONE: A Retelling — Act 4, Scene 6

— 4.6 — Mosca returned with Lady Would-be. He said to her, “Be resolute, madam.” He had coached her on what to say in the courtroom. Mosca had already told her that Peregrine was not a prostitute dressed as a … Continue reading

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David Bruce: Ben Jonson’s VOLPONE: A Retelling — Act 4, Scene 5

— 4.5 — The four Judges, Celia, Bonario, the Notary, the police officers, and others arrived. The four Judges had already listened to the testimony of Bonario and Celia. The four Judges sat and talked. The First Judge said, “The … Continue reading

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David Bruce: Ben Jonson’s VOLPONE: A Retelling — Act 4, Scenes 3-4

— 4.3 — Mosca entered the scene. Seeing Lady Would-be, he asked, “What is the matter, madam?” She replied, “If the Venetian Senate doesn’t do me justice in the suit I will make to them about this, I’ll protest to … Continue reading

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David Bruce: Ben Jonson’s VOLPONE: A Retelling — Act 4, Scene 2

— 4.2 — Lady Would-be now arrived. With her were Nano the dwarf and her two waiting-women. Lady Would-be said, “Where would this loose knight be, I wonder? I’m sure he’s in a whorehouse and part of his body is … Continue reading

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David Bruce: Ben Jonson’s VOLPONE: A Retelling — Act 4, Scene 1

— 4.1. — Sir Politic Would-be and Peregrine talked while standing on a street. Sir Politic Would-be said, referring to the episode with the mountebank (but his words were appropriate to the just-finished episode of Volpone and Celia), “I told … Continue reading

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David Bruce: Ben Jonson’s VOLPONE: A Retelling — Act 3, Scenes 8-9

— 3.8 — Mosca entered the room. His face was bleeding where Bonario had wounded him. He said, “Where shall I, the most wretched shame of men, run so I can beat out my unlucky brains?” “Here, here,” Volpone said, … Continue reading

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