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

— 2.3 — This was the day the philosopher’s stone was supposed to be completed. Of course, it would not be completed because no such thing as a philosopher’s stone exists or ever will exist. Therefore, Subtle and Face and … Continue reading

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

— 2.2 — Face, wearing the clothing of an alchemist’s assistant, entered the room. His face was bearded and sooty. “What is it?” Sir Epicure Mammon asked. “Do we succeed? Has our day come? How is it going?” Face said, … Continue reading

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Ben Jonson’s “The Alchemist”: Cast of Characters, Argument, and Prologue

CAST OF CHARACTERS THE CON ARTISTS Subtle: The alchemist. The word “subtle” used to mean cunning in a crafty and/or deceitful way. It also meant devious and underhand. Subtle is an older man. Face: The housekeeper, Lovewit’s Jeremy the butler. The housekeeper … Continue reading

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Ben Jonson’s “The Alchemist”: A Retelling — Act 2, Scene 1

— 2.2 — Face, wearing the clothing of an alchemist’s assistant, entered the room. His face was bearded and sooty. “What is it?” Sir Epicure Mammon asked. “Do we succeed? Has our day come? How is it going?” Face said, … Continue reading

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Ben Jonson’s “The Alchemist”: A Retelling — Act 2, Scene 1

— 2.1 — Sir Epicure Mammon and Pertinax Surly were talking together in a room in Lovewit’s house. Sir Epicure Mammon said, “Come on, sir. Now, you set your foot on shore in Novo Orbe, the rich New World. This … Continue reading

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

— 1.4 — Doll Common entered the room. Subtle asked, “What is it? What says my dainty Dollkin?” Doll said, “The fishwife outside will not go away. And also waiting is your giantess, the bawd of Lambeth.” Many criminals and … Continue reading

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

— 1.3 — Subtle opened the door and said to the man waiting there, “Come in!” To the women waiting outside to consult him, he said, “Good wives, I ask that you wait. Truly, I can do nothing for you … Continue reading

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