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David Bruce: Ben Jonson’s THE DEVIL IS AN ASS: A Retelling — Act 5, Scene 8 (Conclusion)

— 5.8 — Sir Paul Eitherside, Merecraft, Everill, Trains, Fitzdottrel, Lady Eitherside, Lady Tailbush, Pitfall, Ambler, and some attendants had assembled in the courtroom. Fitzdottrel was lying in a bed. Sir Paul Eitherside, who was the Justice, was wondering about … Continue reading

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David Bruce: Ben Jonson’s THE DEVIL IS AN ASS: A Retelling — Act 5, Scenes 5-7

— 5.5 — Ambler entered the scene. Seeing Pug, he dragged him out of hiding, and then he said, “Oh, Master Sledge, are you here? I have been to seek you. You are the constable, they say. Here’s one whom … Continue reading

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

— 5.1 — Outside Lady Tailbush’s house, Ambler and Pitfall talked together. Ambler, Lady Tailbush’s manservant, had been missing all day, and he was worried about losing his job. “But has my lady missed me?” Ambler asked. “Beyond telling!” Pitfall … Continue reading

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David Bruce: Ben Jonson’s THE DEVIL IS AN ASS: A Retelling

— 4.5 — Merecraft and Fitzdottrel talked together. “But what have you done in your dependence, since we last talked about it?” Merecraft asked. The dependence was Fitzdottrel’s quarrel with Wittipol. “Oh, it goes on,” Fitzdottrel said. “I met your … Continue reading

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David Bruce: Ben Jonson’s THE DEVIL IS AN ASS: A Retelling — Act 4, Scene 4

— 4.4 — Fitzdottrel, Mrs. Frances Fitzdottrel, andPug walked over to them. “I am your servant, madam,” Fitzdottrel said. Wittipol whispered to Manly, “How are you now, friend? Offended that I have found your haunt here?” Manly whispered back, “No, … Continue reading

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David Bruce: Ben Jonson’s THE DEVIL IS AN ASS: A Retelling — Act 4, Scene 3

— 4.3 — Merecraft and Wittipol, who was dressed as the Spanish lady, walked over to Lady Tailbush. Merecraft said to Lady Tailbush, “Here is a noble lady, madam, come from your great friends at court to see Your Ladyship … Continue reading

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David Bruce: Ben Jonson’s THE DEVIL IS AN ASS: A Retelling — Act 4, Scenes 1-2

— 4.1 — In her home, Lady Tailbush andMerecraft talked about the project they were working on together. “A pox upon referring the project to commissioners!” Lady Tailbush said. “I’d rather hear that it were past the seals.” To get … Continue reading

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