'Tis Pity She's a Whore Characters

John Ford

Characters Discussed

(Great Characters in Literature)

Florio

Florio (FLOH-ree-oh), a gentleman of Parma, the devoted father of Giovanni and Annabella. Concerned about his son’s “over-bookish” habits, he places his hope in his beloved daughter and leaves her free to marry for love. He is so shocked by the revelation of his children’s incestuous relationship and Annabella’s death that he dies almost instantly of a broken heart.

Giovanni

Giovanni (jee-oh-VAHN-nee), his sensitive, intellectual son, who is consumed by his passion for his sister. He maintains steadily the conviction that his love is virtuous and reaffirms his faith in his affection as he kills Annabella and their unborn child to save her honor.

Annabella

Annabella, his beautiful sister. She rejects the virtuous life her father wants for her and returns Giovanni’s love, repenting her actions only when she realizes that Soranzo intends to kill her for her betrayal of him.

Putana

Putana (pew-TAH-nah), Annabella’s bawdy old servant, who encourages her relationship with Giovanni.

Donado

Donado (doh-NAH-doh), the wealthy uncle of one of Annabella’s foolish suitors.

Bergetto

Bergetto (behr-GEHT-toh), Donado’s tactless, stupid nephew, who courts Annabella with insults, then brags of winning her favor. He is killed by Grimaldi.

Poggio

Poggio (poh-GEE-oh), Bergetto’s servant.

Soranzo

Soranzo (soh-RAHN-zoh), the worldly, well-to-do gentleman whom Annabella marries to save her reputation. He rages and plots her murder when he learns how he has been duped.

Grimaldi

Grimaldi (gree-MAHL-dee), a belligerent Roman gentleman, Annabella’s admirer. He murders Bergetto by mistake as he attempts to take revenge on his successful rival, Soranzo.

Hippolita

Hippolita, Soranzo’s vengeful cast-off mistress.

Richardetto

Richardetto, Hippolita’s husband, rumored dead. Disguised as a doctor, he returns to Parma to spy on his wife’s infidelities.

Philotis

Philotis (fee-LOH-tees), Richardetto’s niece.

Friar Bonaventura

Friar Bonaventura (boh-nah-vehn-TEW-rah), Giovanni’s confessor, who tries unsuccessfully to convince him that he is falling deeper and deeper into sin.

Vasques

Vasques (VAS-kwehz), Soranzo’s servant, expert at extracting information and at thwarting conspiracies against his master.

'Tis Pity She's a Whore Characters

Annabella
Florio's daughter, in love with her brother, Giovanni. In the course of her affair with Giovanni, she...

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