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Ben Jonson’s “The Alchemist”: A Retelling — Act 4, Scene 2

— 4.2 — Subtle entered the room. Face asked, “Aren’t you laughing?” “Yes, I am,” Subtle said. “Are they gone?” “All’s clear.” “The widow has come.” “And your quarrelling disciple, Kastril?” “Yes.” Face said, “I must put on my Captain’s … Continue reading

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Ben Jonson’s “The Alchemist”: A Retelling — Act 4, Scene 1

— 4.1 — Face, now dressed as Lungs, opened the door, let in Sir Epicure Mammon, and said, “Sir, you have come here at the absolute best time.” “Where’s your master?” Sir Epicure Mammon asked. “He is now preparing for … Continue reading

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Ben Jonson’s “The Alchemist”: A Retelling — Act 3, Scene 5

— 3.5 — Subtle, disguised as and wearing the costume of a Priest of Fairy, entered the room. He was carrying a strip of cloth.       Using a feigned voice, Subtle asked, “Has her grace’s cousin come yet?” Captain Face said, … Continue reading

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Ben Jonson’s “The Alchemist”: A Retelling — Act 3, Scene 4

— 3.4 — Dapper entered the room. Face, who was dressed like a Captain, said to him, “Oh, sir, you are welcome. The Doctor is inside working for you. I have had to take many pains to persuade him to … Continue reading

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Ben Jonson’s “The Alchemist”: A Retelling — Act 3, Scene 3

— 3.3 — Face, wearing the Captain’s uniform, came inside. Subtle asked him, “How are you now? Did you get a good prize? Did you get a good profit?” “Good pox!” Face complained. “Yonder costive cheater — Surly — never … Continue reading

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Ben Jonson’s “The Alchemist”: A Retelling — Act 3, Scene 2

— 3.2 — Subtle said to Tribulation Wholesome, “Oh, have you come?” He pointed to an hourglass and said, “It was time. Your threescore minutes were at the last thread, you see, and down had gone furnus acediae, turris circulatorius: … Continue reading

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Ben Jonson’s “The Alchemist”: A Retelling — Act 3, Scene 1

— 3.1 — Tribulation Wholesome and Ananias talked together outside the house where the cons were taking place. Ananias was complaining about Subtle. Tribulation Wholesome said, “These chastisements are common to the saints, and such rebukes we of the separation … Continue reading

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Ben Jonson’s “The Alchemist”: A Retelling — Act 2, Scene 6

— 2.6 — Face, who was now wearing his Captain’s uniform, entered the room. Abel Drugger followed him. Captain Face said to Drugger, “The alchemist is busy with his spirits, but we’ll see him.” Subtle said, “What is it? What … Continue reading

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Ben Jonson’s “The Alchemist”: A Retelling — Act 2, Scene 5

— 2.5 — Ananias entered the room. Subtle said loudly, “Where is my drudge?” Face entered the room and said, “Sir!” It was time to baffle Ananias with alchemical bullshit. Subtle ordered, “Take away the recipient, and rectify your menstrue … Continue reading

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Ben Jonson’s “The Alchemist”: A Retelling — Act 2, Scene 4

— 2.4 — Subtle and Doll Common entered the room. Using a fishing metaphor, Subtle asked about Sir Epicure Mammon, “Did he bite? Did he bite?” Face replied, “Yes, and he has swallowed the bait, too, my Subtle. I have … Continue reading

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