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Volpone | Study Guide

Ben Jonson

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Volpone | Act 5, Scene 6 | Summary

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Summary

The disguised Volpone bumps into Corvino and Corbaccio on the street. He pretends to have heard that they inherited Volpone's estate, further enraging the already angry men. He mocks their money and insults Celia as a "very woman" (a common woman) before leaving.

Analysis

Once again, Volpone's embarrassing treatment of the legacy-hunters demonstrates his greed for control rather than money. This highlights how reckless his behavior has become, and with the knowledge of Mosca's plan, prepares the audience for his downfall.

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