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What is the character analysis of Willmore from Aphra Behn's The Rover?

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Willmore is a cavalier, which means that he is a royalist who is loyal to Charles II during the English Civil War. Willmore is a rover, which means that he travels from place to place on board a ship. During the action of the play, he takes a few days in Naples to enjoy Carnival and then plans to again board the ship to lead his itinerant life. 

When he arrives in Naples, he says, "love and mirth are my business." He is constantly in pursuit of pleasure and amusement, and when he meets Hellena, who tells him that she is soon to go to a nunnery, he feels equal to the challenge of wooing her. He says, "A Nun! Oh how I love thee for't! There's no Sinner like a young Saint." He promises to be dedicated to Hellena, but he regrets that she has made such an impression on him. He...

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