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Volpone | Study Guide

Ben Jonson

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Volpone | Act 5, Scene 8 | Summary



Corvino and Corbaccio reenter the scene, as Mosca arrives dressed as an aristocrat. Volpone continues to taunt the men, mocking them for being outwitted by a "parasite" like Mosca. He calls Corvino a "cuckold" and a bad businessman. Corvino threatens to beat the disguised Volpone, but decides against it as they are so close to the courthouse.


Once again, the rage shown by Corvino and Corbaccio has less to do with losing a fortune and more to do with being duped by someone from a lower class. The legacy-hunters are outraged that Volpone's con has destroyed the natural social order. The characters' extreme reactions comically highlight the absurdity of such rigid social order.

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