Summary and Analysis: Act II, scenes i – ii

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Moretta: Angelica's servant.

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Diego: Antonio's page.

Musicians: Traveling with the Vice Roy's son, they are intended to impress Angelica with Antonio and his money.

Belvile and Frederick, both masked, stand by a garden gate. Willmore enters without a disguise. He dismisses their fears of being recognized for their felonious activity by saying that the Gypsy he flirted with would be unable to recognize him. He says that the woman has activated his heart. Blunt enters and declares that he is in love with the young woman he had been flirting with, and that he will sell his property in England to live beside her. Upon further questioning, Blunt reveals that he does not know her name and that he gave her nothing, not even a penny, because she is a "woman of quality." This phrase has been used by Frederick and Belvile in their defense of Florinda. Frederick demands the communal purse from Blunt before he goes back to see his "woman of quality" again, and Blunt gives it up easily, but Frederick insists that he keep his own money. Blunt tells them about the woman's house, her jewels and her servants. His three companions are all skeptical, and Belvile tells him that the richest women in Naples are whores.

The debate is interrupted when Angelica's servants hang her portrait on her front gate. Willmore cannot keep his eyes off of it. All three are flabbergasted by the 1,000 crown price to have Angelica for a month, and they all curse her for being so beautiful and so expensive. They laugh and leave as the masked Don Pedro and his servant Stephano enter. Angelica and Moretta watch from the balcony, and Angelica is flattered and proud of the positive assessment the loutish men have given her. Moretta recognizes Don Pedro as one who was formerly enamored with Angelica and remembers that he has come into an inheritance, and Angelica reveals that she has never been in love.

The masked Don Antonio and Diego, his page, enter along with musicians. Antonio comments that he would be in love with Angelica, but that the portrait painter flattered her; Don Pedro leaps to her defense, praising her beauty, and Antonio says that he has been convinced, and that he'll pay her price. Diego tells him Florinda won't miss his love, and Don Pedro realizes that he speaks with Antonio, that Florinda is scorned, and that Antonio can pay more.

On the balcony, Angelica begins singing and playing the lute. Her song tells of a handsome shepherd who takes a bashful young maiden and shows her the joys of love with "kind force" because she never would have yielded on her own. Infatuated, Antonio calls up to her and removes his mask. Still masked, Don Pedro looks with fury upon him, as Antonio is supposed to marry Don Pedro's sister, Florinda. Antonio agrees to pay the price, and Don Pedro argues that he was first in line. Swords are drawn and they fight. Willmore and Blunt step in and stop the fight, with Willmore reminding them that Carnival is for lovers only. Pedro and Antonio agree to duel the next morning, and Pedro accuses Antonio of ruining Florinda. Confused, Antonio assumes his opponent must be the English colonel.

Meanwhile, Willmore pulls down a small portrait of Angelica and carries it off, muttering about her beauty. Antonio follows him with the accusation that Willmore has insulted Angelica. Willmore refuses to return the portrait, and they fight. Angelica calls down from the balcony to stop them, and Willmore quickly asserts that he was wounded with her beauty and needs her portrait as a healing salve. Angelica tries to give him the portrait, but again Antonio fights Willmore over it. Belvile and Frederick enter to help Willmore. Angelica's servants separate them as Angelica and Moretta mourn the money that could have been made before the ruckus began....

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