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

—5.5— Lovewit, wearing Spanish clothing, stood talking with the parson. Loud knocking sounded at the door. At the door, Lovewit asked, “What do you want, my masters?” Sir Epicure Mammon replied, “Open your door, cheaters, bawds, conjurers.” A police officer … Continue reading

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Ben Jonson’s “The Alchemist”: A Retelling — Act 5, Scene 4

— 5.4 — Subtle was with Dapper in a room in the house. Dapper was no longer blindfolded. Subtle said, “What! Have you eaten your gag?” “Yes, indeed. It crumbled away in my mouth,” Dapper replied. “You have spoiled everything … Continue reading

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

— 5.3 — Surly said sarcastically to Sir Epicure Mammon, “No, sir, he was a great physician. This, it was no bawdy house, but an absolute church! You knew the lord and his sister.” Sir Epicure Mammon said, “Good Surly … Continue reading

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

— 5.2 — Lovewit said, “I will.” A freshly shaven Face appeared on the scene outside Lovewit’s house. Face was wearing his butler’s livery. Face asked, “What are you doing, sir?” Some of the neighbors recognized him and said, “Oh, … Continue reading

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Ben Jonson’s “The Alchemist”: A Retelling — Act 5, Scene 1

— 5.1 — Outside the house, Lovewit — the master of the house — was talking with several neighbors. Lovewit said, “Has there been such visiting, you say?” Neighbor #1 said, “Daily, sir.” Neighbor #2 said, “And nightly, too.” Neighbor … Continue reading

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Ben Jonson’s “The Alchemist”: A Retelling — Act 4, Scene 7

— 4.7 — Face had gone to get help. He now returned with Kastril. Face said to Kastril, “Why, now’s the time, if you will ever quarrel well, as they say, and be a true-born child. Both the doctor and … Continue reading

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Ben Jonson’s “The Alchemist”: A Retelling — Act 4, Scene 6

— 4.6 — Surly and Dame Pliant were talking together in another room of the house. Surly was still wearing the costume of the Spanish Don, but he had revealed his true identity to Dame Pliant. Surly was being honorable, … Continue reading

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