Italian countryside. The play’s opening scene and several others throughout the drama are set in the country. Many of the major characters are country folk, and they exhibit behaviors often associated with less sophisticated men and women who wish to ape the fashion and behavior of city dwellers. The appearance in the country of figures who have lived in the city and been to court is enough to cause people with a propensity for pretentious behavior to pay close attention to those who claim to be able to help them improve their social status and fortune by transforming their dress and manners.
Italian city. Several scenes take place in an unnamed city, where the country bumpkins become objects of ridicule. Jonson points out the hypocrisy and affectation of several of his major characters by contrasting their behavior with that of the more sophisticated citizens of the city.
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Unidentified royal court. Two key scenes are set at court, which in this play represents both the legitimate center of culture and power and the place where the pretensions of country folks are most apparent. The Lady Saviolina, who rules at court, quickly sees through the shallow behavior of would-be courtiers, and rebukes them for their attempts to masquerade as nobility.