Act III

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Act 3, Scene 1

Ananias and Tribulation Wholesome wait outside the door of Lovewit’s house. Tribulation Wholesome agrees with Ananias that Subtle is a “heathen” but argues that they must make moral compromises for the good of their order. Ananias agrees and they knock on the door.

Act 3, Scene 2

Subtle is highly critical of “wicked Ananias,” and Tribulation repeatedly apologizes on his behalf. As Subtle holds forth on the advantages the stone will bring to the order, Ananias corrects his use of “Christmas” instead of “Christ-tide” and objects that “traditions” are “Popish.” Tribulation apologizes for his associate once more and asks Subtle when the stone will be ready.

Subtle says he will need fifteen days. In the meantime, he offers to teach Tribulation and Ananias to melt pewter down into counterfeit coins. Tribulation is dubious about the legality of this but says he will take the false coins and confer with his brethren. When there is a knock at the door, Subtle hurries the Anabaptists out of the rear exit and calls to Face.

Act 3, Scene 3

Face returns. Much to Subtle’s disappointment, Face relays that Surly did not turn up for their appointment at the Temple Church. He did, however, meet a wealthy Spanish don, for whom he has fixed a rendezvous with Dol. The two talk excitedly of their successes.

There is a knock at the door; Dol sees Dapper outside. Face sends her off to dress as the Fairy Queen and tells Subtle to put on his alchemist’s robes and follow his cues. Drugger also approaches another man, who they conclude must be Kastril.

Act 3, Scene 4

Dapper, Drugger, and Kastril arrive at the same time. Face tells Dapper he is soon to meet the Fairy Queen.

Face praises Subtle’s alchemical powers to Kastril. Impressed, he resolves to bring his sister, Dame Pliant, to see Subtle as well. Excited, Subtle then sends Kastril off together with Drugger to fetch her. Before he does, Face checks with Dapper that he has performed the rituals as indicated.

Act 3, Scene 5

Subtle enters, in the guide of the “Priest of Faerie.” Together, Subtle and Face convince Dapper to wear a special petticoat and blindfold to meet the Fairy Queen. They also insist that he must turn out his pockets. Dol comes in, playing music, and the three begin to pinch Dapper and pat him down, checking for any remaining money or valuables.

Mammon arrives suddenly. Face and Subtle tell Dapper he still has to wait for the Fairy Queen, who has sent him a dead mouse and a piece of gingerbread from her own table. They hide Dapper in the bathroom and prepare to welcome Mammon.

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