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*London. Jonson provides limited references to location, setting the play only in “London,” an abstraction rather than a detailed place. The play’s scenes move from home to home, beginning with that of Ned Clerimont’s house, where the key characters meet in the first four scenes. Another scene is set in Sir John Daw’s house, and three scenes are set in Captain Tom Otter’s house, and then the plays moves on to Morose’s home.
Morose’s house. Since Morose is the center of attention, the wedding is his, and the joke is played on him, it is appropriate that most of the action occurs in his home. The wedding takes place there, as guests, food, and entertainment pour in from other homes. Unable to stand any noise except that of his own voice, Morose locks himself in his attic to escape the shrill chiding of his new wife. Although he goes to the law courts to seek a divorce, viewers hear about what happens here in his home, and the final unveiling of the bride takes place here too.
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Barish, Jonas A. Ben Jonson and the Language of Prose Comedy. New York: Norton, 1960. An influential work, one that is essential to any study of Jonson’s comedies.
Brock, D. Heyward. A Ben Jonson Companion. Bloomington: Indiana University Press, 1983. A valuable source of information on Jonson’s work, life, and times. A bibliography is included.
Enck, John J. Jonson and the Comic Truth . Madison: University of Wisconsin Press, 1966. Essential to any study of...
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