The Rover Questions and Answers: Act V

Aphra Behn

Questions and Answers: Act V

Questions
1. Why is Blunt so embarrassed to be seen by his friends?

2. Who intervenes and keeps Pedro from raping Florinda? Why is this odd?

3. Why is Frederick's promise to Florinda strange?

4. How does Angelica go from loving Willmore to trying to kill him?

5. What is the significance of how Hellena introduces herself to Willmore?

Answers
1. Lucetta, the seeming whore, has stolen all of his clothes and his purse. Blunt does not want his friends to see him in his disheveled, disrobed state.

2. Valeria's quick wits keep Pedro from raping Florinda. This is odd because Florinda doesn't remove her mask, revealing her identity and thus saving herself from her brother. Female cooperation saves Florinda, not male gallantry.

3. Frederick promises to marry Valeria. This is strange because he has been indulging in wine and women, excess and lustful behavior, and now has agreed to be a husband.

4. Angelica is pushed over the edge by having given her heart to a man who cannot be faithful. She loves to be adored, but now realizes that she too can be enslaved by love and so realizes the consequences of toying with others. She wishes to end Willmore's life so that he cannot torment any other women.

5. Hellena calls herself "the inconstant" in response to Willmore's naming himself "constant." This highlights Willmore's lie as well as revealing Hellena's unorthodox approach to life and loving. It also suggests that Willmore may not be the only rover in the story.