'Tis Pity She's a Whore Questions and Answers: Act 4, Scene 3

John Ford

Questions and Answers: Act 4, Scene 3

Study Questions
1. Why does Annabella refuse to reveal the name of her lover to Soranzo?

2. What does Vasques tell Soranzo about his revenge?

3. Why shouldn’t Putana fear naming Annabella’s lover to Vasques?

4. Why does Giovanni give Vasques money?

5. Why does Vasques praise Annabella for taking Giovanni as a lover?

Answers
1. Annabella refuses to reveal the name of her lover to Soranzo because she believes Soranzo is not worthy to speak that name or hear it. In fact, she even tells him he must kneel down and admit his inferiority to her lover if he wants to know the name.

2. Vasques tells Soranzo to smother his revenge and let Vasques investigate the identity of Annabella’s lover. He is afraid Soranzo’s anger at Annabella will cause Soranzo to lose control.

3. Putana shouldn’t fear naming Annabella’s lover to Vasques because Vasques will keep Putana from any danger that might result from naming the lover. Vasques will also give her a reward if she names the lover.

4. Giovanni gives Vasques money in exchange for telling him where Annabella is. He needs to know where Annabella because he wants to visit her.

5. Vasques praises Annabella for taking Giovanni as her lover in order to deceive Putana into believing that he has no objections to Annabella’s relationship with Giovanni.