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Volpone | Study Guide

Ben Jonson

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Volpone | Act 3, Scene 1 | Summary

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Summary

Leaving Corvino's house, Mosca delights in his success. He praises his manipulation skills, feeling overwhelming joy at his "excellent nature," calling himself a "fine, elegant rascal."

Analysis

In this monologue, the audience sees how Mosca's confidence grows. He believes himself "limber" enough to sneak out of any situation like a "subtle snake." He came from nothing, having "no family, no care" yet he possesses the "prosperous parts" to manipulate the most powerful men. Mosca's pride echoes Volpone's pride in Act 1, Scene 1, setting both characters up to fall.

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