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Volpone; Or, The Fox Volpone is a comedy by English playwright Ben Jonson first produced in , drawing on elements of city comedy and beast fable A merciless satire of greed and lust, it remains Jonson s most performed play, and it is among the finest Jacobean Era comediesVolpone The Fox is a Venetian gentleman who pretends to be on his deathbed after a long illness in order to dupe Voltore The Vulture , Corbaccio The Raven and Corvino The Crow , three men who aspire to inherit his fortune In their turns, each man arrives to Volpone s house bearing a luxurious gift, intenting upon having his name inscribed to the will of Volpone, as his heir Mosca The Fly , Volpone s parasite servant, encourages each man, Voltore, Corbaccio, and Corvino, to believe that he has been named heir to Volpone s fortune in the course of which, Mosca persuades Corbaccio to disinherit his own son in favour of VolponeTo Volpone, Mosca mentions that Corvino has a beautiful wife, Celia Disguised as Scoto the Mountebank, Volpone goes to see Celia Corvino drives away Scoto Volpone , who then becomes insistent that he must possess Celia as his own Mosca deceives Corvino into believing that the moribund Volpone will be cured of his illness if he lies in bed beside a young woman Believing that Volpone has been rendered impotent by his illness, Corvino offers his wife in order that, when he is revived, Volpone will recognise Corvino as his sole heirJust before Corvino and Celia are due to arrive at Volpone s house, Corbaccio s son Bonario arrives to catch his father in the act of disinheriting him Mosca guides Bonario to a sideroom, and Volpone and Celia are left alone Upon failing to seduce Celia with fantastic promises of luxury and wealth, Volpone attempts to rape her Bonario comes forward to rescue Celia In the ensuing trial at court, the truth of the matter is well buried by Voltore, using his prowess as a lawyer to convince the Avocatori, with false evidence given by Mosca, Volpone and the other dupesThere are episodes involving the English travellers Sir and Lady Politic Would Be and Peregrine Sir Politic constantly talks of plots and his outlandish business plans, while Lady Would Be annoys Volpone with her ceaseless talking Mosca co ordinates a mix up between them which leaves Peregrine, asophisticated traveller, feeling offended He humiliates Sir Politick by telling him he is to be arrested for sedition and making him hide inside a giant tortoise shellVolpone insists on disguising himself and having it announced that he has died and willed his wealth to Mosca, which enrages the would be heirs Voltore, Corbaccio and Corvino, and everyone returns to court to dispute the will of Volpone, who becomes entangled in the circumstances of the plots that he and Mosca devised Despite Volpone s pleas, Mosca refuses to relinquish his new role as a rich man Volpone reveals himself and his deceits in order to topple the rich Mosca In the event, Voltore, Corbaccio, Corvino, Mosca and Volpone himself finally are punished


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