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Volpone | Study Guide

Ben Jonson

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Volpone | Act 2, Scene 3 | Summary



Corvino bursts onto the scene yelling and breaks up the crowd. He is irate that the mountebank has set up near his property, and that his wife has dropped her handkerchief. Sir Politick wonders if Corvino's outburst is actually a trick being played against him because he suspects someone has been spying on him. An amused Peregrine vows to spend more time with Sir Politick, if only for entertainment.


This short scene serves to remind the audience of Corvino and Sir Politick's characters. Corvino reacts violently to the mountebank outside his property, screaming about the devil and physically breaking up the crowd. Immediately, Sir Politick wonders whether Corvino is an actor or spy sent to trick him. To Sir Politick, and arguably the audience, Venice is a hotbed of corruption.

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