'Tis Pity She's a Whore Summary and Analysis: Act 5, Scenes 1-3

John Ford

Summary and Analysis: Act 5, Scenes 1-3

Summary
Annabella appears by herself on the balcony, holding a letter written in her own blood. She speaks at length of her penitence for her “false joys” with Giovanni and holds herself up as an example for others to avoid. She also mentions her sorrow that Giovanni has entangled himself with her. The Friar has entered below, and hears most of this monologue. Annabella, unaware of his presence, goes on to praise the Friar and vows to die after giving her penitent letter to a passerby. At this point the Friar steps in to tell Annabella that heaven has heard her penitence. Annabella responds by throwing the letter down to him and asking that Giovanni read it and repent, as she has. She mentions her...

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