'Tis Pity She's a Whore

by John Ford

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Questions and Answers: Act 1, Scenes 2-3

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Study Questions
1. Why does Grimaldi disdain to fight Vasques?

2. Why does Putana approve of Soranzo?

3. What does Putana think of Bergetto?

4. What do Giovanni and Annabella promise each other?

5. Why does Donado tell Florio what he will give Bergetto if Annabella marries Bergetto?

Answers
1. Grimaldi disdains to fight Vasques because he is an aristocrat and Vasques is a servant. He feels that servants are not equal to aristocrats, so he would be lowering himself if he fought Vasques

2. Putana approves of Soranzo because he has many fine qualities. She emphasizes that his sensual qualities are sure to satisfy Annabella should she marry him.

3. Putana calls Bergetto a “brave old ape in a silken coat.” She thinks he is a fool despite his fine dress, and not a man Annabella should consider marrying.

4. Giovanni and Annabella promise that they will either love or kill each other.

5. Donado tells Florio what he will give Bergetto if Annabella marries Bergetto to show that Bergetto would have enough money to support Annabella if they married.

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