22In Scene Two, Messer Nicia greets Callimaco in Latin. Why? What is Messer Nicia’s reaction when Callimaco responds to him in Latin? What makes his reaction comic?What makes Messer Nicia look ridiculous when he is speaking to Callimaco?
3In the Scene 6 Callimaco says that Lucrezia’s urine sample is bad because she is “mal coperta” (“poorly covered”). What is the ambiguous meaning and irony of this diagnosis? Why doesn’t Messer Nicia like the plan proposed by Callimaco in Scene 6? How do they get Messer Nicia to go along with this plan? What does Messer Nicia’s approval of the plan reveal about him? Why do you suppose Nicia reveals this character trait of Nicia? What will they do to convince Lucrezia to go along with the plan? What does all this suggest about the people closest to Lucrezia? Ms. GregorAct III1What is the reaction of Sostrata (Lucrezia’s mother) to Nicia’s and Ligurio’s plans? Whatdoes it reveal about her character?
2According to Messer Nicia, what did Lucrezia try to do toget pregnant? Why didn’t she continue going there? What is ironic about the statement “by listening to the first Mass atthe Church of the Servants (of God) for forty mornings she would get pregnant”? What does this tell us about the friars, as portrayed by Machiavelli?
3Why does Ligurio ask Messer Nicia to give him 25 ducats? According to Ligurio, why are these friars “smart and shrewd”? How do they “know our sins and their own”? Why doesn’t Ligurio want Messer Nicia to speak with the friar? What does Ligurio want Messer Nicia to do while he (Ligurio) speaks with the friar?
4In the third scene there is a woman who is speaking to Friar Timoteo. Why does she pay Friar Timoteo a gold Florin to recite Mass every Monday for two months? What does shesay about her husband? What is she worried about? Why do you suppose Machiavelli included this scene, which has no direct bearing on the plot, in his play?
5What does Friar Timoteo say about women in general at the beginning of Scene Four?