Ben Jonson’s Epicoene. MARJORIE SWANN. Englishmen in the early modern period were obsessed with their bloodlines. “One of the most striking features of. Ben Jonson. This web edition published by [email protected] Last updated Wednesday, December 17, at To the best of our knowledge, the text of. Epicoene has ratings and 22 reviews. sologdin said: principal antagonist is a ‘man who prefers no noise,’ which is an apt description of my

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If you please but to effect it now —. Dear lady, I am courtly, I tell you, and I must have mine ears banqueted with pleasant and witty conferences, pretty girls, scoffs, and dalliance in her that I mean to choose for my bed-phere. When the norm is silence, it does not take much talk to be a shrew.

Learning Latin and studying the classics was reserved for brn male gender, as women were not allowed to higher education. Will it please you to enter the house farther, gentlemen? There was no need for them to learn more than their vernacular.

Epicene: Stage History | The Cambridge Works of Ben Jonson

Yes, sir, I do mean it: Some more local details are also borrowed from the classical misogynistic tradition. The couple are married despite the well-meaning interference of Dauphine’s friend Truewit. Only two productions, a student adaptation at the American Academy of Dramatic Art on 7 February and then an all-male faculty-student undertaking on an Elizabethan stage in Sanders theatre at Harvard University on 30 March in that same year, are recorded during that entire span of time.


This is but an exercise, I know, a marriage ceremony, which I must endure. Why, is it not arrived there yet, the news? Or, if he do simulare himself frigidum, odio uxoris, or so?

Alas, it is a post from the court, sir, that says, he must speak with you, pain of death —. How long did the canvas hang afore Aldgate?

Epicene: Textual Essay

But those amusing moments become fewer as the play progresses. Is he not prorsus inutilis ad thorum? Speak not, though I question you.

I return you the epicoehe, master Truewit, so friendly a wish deserves. Don’t have an account? Then, if she be covetous and craving, do you promise any thing, and perform sparingly; so shall you keep her in appetite still.

By February of the play was in trouble with the authorities.

Compared with reviews of Shakespeare productions, in which reviewers often have very trenchant things to say about the play itself and how it has been realized on stage, the reviews of Epicene at least bespeak an impoverishment of acquaintance with the epiciene on the part of the writers.


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Epicoene by Ben Jonson

You have broke some jest upon him, afore the ladies. Why, an it must, it shall, sir, they say: Lists with This Book.

Thou shalt see how unjust thou art presently. I am come, master Clerimont, to entreat you to wait upon two or three ladies, to dinner, to-day. I must have it taken up. Andie rated it it was amazing Aug 04, Why you oppress me with wonder: This edition departs from F1 at 3.

Speak, art thou in love in earnest? It was manifestly a controversial play. Dauphine, I worship thee.

Clerimont and Truewit talk about Jonxon when he has left. The house is overrun with noise and clamor, much to Morose’s chagrin. Some of these marginal notations are not stage directions at all.

A wife is a scurvy clogdogdo, an unlucky thing, a very foresaid bear-whelp, without any good fashion or breeding: The amount of speech reflects the status and self- confidence of the person talking.

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