Volpone - Act 4

mcleishy's version from 2015-06-02 16:22

Section 1

Question Answer
Sir-Politic is explaining his travel and money-making schemes to Peregrine.Perhaps it mirrors Volpone's ineffective attempts at seducing Celia.

Section 2

Question Answer
(2,43) "From being a solecism... our sex" (Lady Would-Be) ironically mocks Peregrine from breaking the conventions of female behaviour.
(2,71) "Your husband told me you were fair, and so you are......only your nose inclines" (Peregrine) mocks Lady Would-Be's attractiveness.

Section 3

Question Answer
(3,16) "If you stay in Venice here.., please use me, sir" (Lady Would-Be) to Peregrine; could be interpreted as sexual innuendo.
(3,18) "Pray you, sir......use me" (Lady Would-Be) to Peregrine; sexual innuendo.
(3,20) "Sir-Politic..."...bawd" (Peregrine) accuses Sir-Politic of being sexually immoral, and suggests that Sir-Politic has put Lady Would-Be up to this.
(3,24) "I'll try your salt head, what proof is it......against a counter-plot" (Peregrine), again, accuses Sir-Politic of being sexually immoral.

Section 4

Question Answer
(4,21) "Mercury sit upon your thundering tongue, or the French Hercules......and make your language as conquering as his club" (Mosca) compliments Voltore's oratory abilities.

Section 5

Question Answer
(5,4) "The gentlewoman has been held......of unreproved fame" (A4) shows how judges make decisions based upon reputation.
(5,33) "This lewd woman, that wants no artificial looks or tears......To help the visor she has now put on" (Voltore) on Celia.
(5,96) "His soul his fee" (Bonario) on Voltore.
(5,113) "Rather wish my innocence should suffer......Than I resist the authority of a father" (Bonario) won't challenge Corbaccio in court.
(5,127) "There is no shame in, is there" (Corvino) in an aside to Mosca, after testifying against Celia in court.

Section 6

Question Answer
(6,3) "Out thou chameleon harlot"//"Now thine eyes vie tears with the hyena"//......"Dar'st thou look upon my wronged face" (Lady Would-Be) to Celia.
(6,16) "Our consciences"//(Bonario)...."And heaven that never fails the innocent" (Celia) and Bonario's defences.
(6,24) "Here's the ravisher, The rider on men's wives......The grand voluptuary" (Voltore), sarcasm, as Volpone is rolled into court.
(6,27) "Would you ha' him tortured"//(Voltore). ..."I would have him proved" (Bonario).
(6,30) "Best try him with goads, or burning irons,......Put him to the strappado" (Voltore).

Section 7

Question Answer
(6) "I ha' your tongue, sir, tipped with gold for this......I'd ha' you be the air to the whole city" (Mosca) to Voltore.
(6) "It was much better that you should profess yourself a cuckold thus......than the other should have been proved" (Mosca) to Corvino, emphasising that he is a cuckold.
(6) "For the zeal you've shown today, whereas before you were but third or fourth......You shall be now put in the first" (Mosca) to Lady Would-Be.