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David Bruce: Ben Jonson’s THE DEVIL IS AN ASS: A Retelling — Act 2, Scenes 4-5

— 2.4 — “Where are you, sir?” Merecraft called. Merecraft andEngine entered the room. Fitzdottrel said to his wife, “I see thou have no talent in this area of expertise, wife. Go up to thy gallery; go, chuck.Leave us who … Continue reading

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David Bruce: Ben Jonson’s THE DEVIL IS AN ASS: A Retelling — Act 2, Scenes 2-3

— 2.2 — Pug said, “I have no singular service of this now, nor no superlative master!” Pug had come to London to do villainy, but there was nothing singular about that because Londoners were already doing lots of villainy. … Continue reading

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David Bruce: Ben Jonson’s THE DEVIL IS AN ASS: A Retelling — Act 2, Scene 1

— 2.1 — Merecraft the projector, Trains (Merecraft’s manservant), and three waiters entered the room, joining Fitzdottrel and Engine. The waiters were possibly the attendants of Merecraft’s clients and were waiting to get instructions from Merecraft. Or possibly they were … Continue reading

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David Bruce: Ben Jonson’s THE DEVIL IS AN ASS: A Retelling — Act 1, Scenes 6-7

— 1.6 — Fitzdottrel said, “Come, wife, this is the gentleman. No, don’t blush.” “Why, what do you mean, sir?” Mrs. Frances Fitzdottrel said. “Do you still have your reason? Or have you lost your mind?” “Wife, I don’t know … Continue reading

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David Bruce: Ben Jonson’s THE DEVIL IS AN ASS: A Retelling — Act 1, Scenes 4-5

— 1.4 — Wittipol, Manly, and Engine talked together. Wittipol was a young gallant, Manly was his friend, and Engine was a middleman or broker. Engine was carrying a cloak. Engine said to Wittipol, “Yonder Fitzdottrel walks, sir. I’ll go … Continue reading

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David Bruce: Ben Jonson’s THE DEVIL IS AN ASS: A Retelling — Act 1, Scenes 2-3

— 1.2 — Fitzdottrel, who was holding a picture of a devil, really wanted to see a devil. He had been trying to get help from occultists to do just that. He said to himself, “Aye, they do now name … Continue reading

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David Bruce: Ben Jonson’s THE DEVIL IS AN ASS: A Retelling — Cast of Characters; Act 1, Scene 1

CAST OF CHARACTERS SATAN the great devil PUG the less devil (an imp) INIQUITY the Vice. The Vice was a stock character, often comic, in medieval morality plays. The Vice’s job was supposed to be to tempt people to do … Continue reading

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