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Volpone | Study Guide

Ben Jonson

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Volpone | Act 5, Scene 11 | Summary



Outside the courthouse, Volpone laments to the audience that he should have listened to Mosca and ended the ruse when he was cleared of the rape charges. He has created his own destruction by perpetuating the game and faking his own death. When he reaches his house, he finds his servants outside. They claim Mosca ordered them out and that he left with the keys.


Upon returning home, Volpone recognizes his error. He sees for the first time the danger he has placed himself in by losing control of his avarice. He recognizes that by ignoring Mosca's advice to quit while he was ahead, he disrespected the true mastermind of the con, making himself vulnerable. He spent the entire play praising Mosca's ability to manipulate those around him for financial gain, and now realizes he will be the next victim.

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