'Tis Pity She's a Whore

by John Ford

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Questions and Answers: Act 2, Scenes 1-2

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Study Questions
1. What does Annabella tell Giovanni about her suitors?

2. How can Philotis comfort Annabella in her illness?

3. Why did Hippolita want her husband to die?

4. Why did Soranzo break his vows to marry Hippolita?

5. What does Hippolita promise Vasques if he aids her plot?

Answers
1. Annabella promises Giovanni that she will stay with him rather than marry any of her suitors. She also tells Giovanni that she prefers him to all of her suitors.

2. Philotis can comfort Annabella by entertaining her with songs and music.

3. Hippolita wanted her husband to die on his trip to Leghorn because it would have allowed her to marry Soranzo.

4. Soranzo broke his vows to marry Hippolita because he decided it was worse to keep those vows than to break them. He thought that the sin of being involved in her husband’s death was worse than breaking his vows to marry her.

5. Hippolita promises to marry Vasques and give him her estate if he aids her plot. She says that Vasques must keep the plot secret, though.

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