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Volpone | Study Guide

Ben Jonson

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Volpone | Act 3, Scene 3 | Summary



At home, Volpone wonders why Mosca is taking so long to return. Nano, Castrone, and Androgyno join to entertain him, but Volpone shoos them away when Lady Politick Would-Be arrives. Volpone admits to feeling "torment" during Lady Politick's visits, worrying that spending too much time with her might "expel [his] appetite" for Celia.


Volpone again compares the English Lady Politick and Italian Celia based on the stereotypes of women's roles. Although he finds himself attracted to both women, he clearly prefers the traditionally silent, obedient Celia to the more liberated, talkative Lady Politick. After making his decision, however, Volpone launches into an annoyed diatribe against Lady Politick, calling her "tedious," once again highlighting his fickle, impulsive nature.

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