Volpone - Act 1

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Section 1

Question Answer
(1,2) "Open the shrine......that I may see my saint" (Volpone) is speaking to Mosca, about his gold.
(1,3) "Hail the worlds soul......and mine" (Volpone) is speaking to Mosca, about his gold.
(1,13) "Sacred his blessed room" (Volpone) is speaking to Mosca, and blaspheming.
(1,22) "Richest, the dumb god, that......giv'st all men tongues" (Volpone) is speaking to Mosca, and blaspheming.
(1,24) "The price of......souls" (Volpone) is speaking to Mosca, and argues that money is worth more than a man's soul.
(1,26) "Who can get the. He noble, valiant, honest, wise" (Volpone) speaking to Mosca on money.
(1,29) "Riches are in fourtune......a greater good that wisdom is in nature" (Mosca) is directly contradicting the bible which say it is "better... to get wisdom than gold"
(1,30) "I glory the cunning purchase of my wealth than the glad possesion" (Volpone) to Mosca
(1,33) "I use no trade, no venture......I would no earth with ploughshares; fat no beats to feed the shambles" (Volpone) speaking to Mosca, about how he earns his money righteously.
(1,41) "Nor devour......soft prodigals" (Mosca) trying to appease Volpone.
(1,48) "You are not like the thresher that doth stand with a huge flail......watching a heap of corn, and, hungry, dares not taste the smallest grain" (Mosca) trying to appease Volpone.
(1,63//1,66) "Your poor observer......your pleasure allows maintenance" (Mosca) trying to manipulate Volpone.
(1,70) "What should I do but......cocker up my genius" (Volpone) feels it's unfair to suppress his natural genius.
(1,80) "That when I do (which......thy expect each greedy minute" (Volpone) ironically calls the dupes greedy.

Section 2

Question Answer
Act Two

Section 3

Question Answer
(3,1) "You still are......what you were, sir" (Mosca) mocking Voltore
(3,7) "Here's Signor come" (Mosca) to Volpone
(3,18) "That he is......not weaker" (Mosca) uses the aside to mock Voltore, who has just said he is sorry about Volpone's state of health
(3,30) "I am glad I near my haven" (Volpone) is punning the word Heaven to mock Voltore.
(3,34) "I do beseech you, sir, you will vouchsafe to write me into your family......all my hopes depend upon you" (Mosca) is manipulating Voltore.
(3,52) "I have heard him say how he admired men of your large profession, that could speak to every cause, and things mere contraries, that they were still hoarse again, yet all be law......That with most quick agility could turn, and re-turn; make knots, and undo them; give forked counsel; take provoking gold" (Mosca) to Voltore, mocking lawyers.
(3,64) "Would not wag, nor scarce......lie still without a fee" (Mosca) mocking lawyers.
(3,78) "Excellent Mosca! Come hither......let me kiss thee" (Volpone) shows affection towards Mosca.

Section 4

Question Answer
(4,1) "Betake to you silence......and sleep" (Mosca) being 'jokingly' aggressive towards Mosca, although we suspect it may be sincere.
(4,2) "Stand there......and multiply" (Mosca) says this to Volpone after adding a plate to the collection. It is also a pun on the biblical commandment, and a contemporary colloquialism for an erection. Both mock Corbaccio's 'impotence'.
(4,8) "What?......Mends he?" (Corbaccio) can barely hide that he wants Volpone to die.
(4,18) "Aye, his last sleep......if he would take it" (Volpone) in an aside, suggesting that Corbaccio is attempting to poison him.
(4,20) "He has no faith in physic; he does think......most of your doctors are the greater danger" (Mosca) to Corbaccio.
(4,27) "Their fees......he cannot brook" (Mosca) tells Corbaccio that Volpone cannot stand the exploitative fees of doctors.
(4,113) "Being so lusty......a man" (Mosca) is mocking Corbaccio; the humour is exacerbated by Corbaccio's reply that it "tis true"
(4,133) "Contain your flux......of laughter, sir" (Mosca) is stern to Volpone, with "flux" referring to bodily fluid. This is in reply to Volpone saying he "shall burst" with laughter.
(4,137) "I cannot hold; good rascal......let me kiss thee" (Volpone) is again playful and affectionate towards Mosca.

Section 5

Question Answer
(5,43) "Bastards, some dozen or more......that he begot on beggars, gipsies and Jews and black-moors" (Mosca) in response to Corvino's question regarding whether Volpone has children. Mosca is likely using this opportunity to mock Volpone.
(5,46) "The dwarf, the fool, the eunuch are all his......he's the true father of his family, in all save me - he's given them nothing" (Mosca) to Corvino, mocking Volpone while showing his dependence.
(5,52) "The pox approach......and add to your diseases" (Mosca) mocking Volpone.
(5,67) "His nose is like a common sewer......still running" (Corvino) mocking Volpone.
(5,88) "The Turk is not more sensual in his pleasures......than will Volpone" (Volpone) to Mosca.
(5,109) "The blazing star of Italy! A wench O' the first year......A beauty ripe as harvest" (Mosca) describing Celia to Volpone.
(5,118) "She's kept as......warily as is your gold" (Mosca) describing Celia to Volpone
(5,122) "I must......see her" (Volpone) on Celia
(5,123) "There is a guard of ten spies......thick upon her" (Mosca) on Celia

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