'Tis Pity She's a Whore Questions and Answers: Act 5, Scenes 4-5

John Ford

Questions and Answers: Act 5, Scenes 4-5

Study Questions
1. What does Vasques hope will happen to Giovanni?

2. Why does Giovanni suspect Annabella prefers Soranzo to himself?

3. What does Annabella call Soranzo’s banquet?

4. What does Giovanni hope the sun will do?

5. What does Giovanni ask his heart to do?

Answers
1. Vasques hopes Giovanni will “post to hell in the very act of his damnation.” He believes that if Giovanni dies while committing incest with Annabella, he will be condemned to hell.

2. Giovanni suspects that Annabella prefers Soranzo because he is a better love-maker than Giovanni.

3. Annabella calls Soranzo’s banquet a sign that she and Giovanni will die soon. She has been cloistered by Soranzo, and believes she is being let out only so that Soranzo can kill her and Giovanni.

4. Giovanni hopes the sun will turn dark and day will become night. This will allow him to murder Annabella under the cover of darkness.

5. Giovanni asks his heart to “boldly act my last and greater part.” He will need courage in order to carry out his plan to kill Soranzo.