Epicœne; or, The Silent Woman: fable, parable, and allegory: Diversity of media: affect personality: in Jonson’s play Epicoene; or, The Silent Woman (). EPICOENE; OR, THE SILENT WOMAN. BY BEN JONSON. INTRODUCTION. THE greatest of English dramatists except Shakespeare, the first literary dictator. Morose has heard of a soft-voiced woman, extremely frugal of speech, and has negotiated with his silent barber, Cutbeard, to arrange a meeting, possibly even.

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Truewit says that no matter what, Morose will find himself unhappy in marriage, regardless of if she is pretty, ugly, rich, poor, or even if Morose loves her. Cutbeard presents Morose with a young and supposedly silent woman to marry. A few centuries later it registers as a mildly amusing period piece. Winston Duke has had quite a year. Retrieved 23 March Arbella Stuartwho complained of a personal reference to a recent intrigue involving the prince wkman Moldavia. Little heed is now given to the Victorian critic F.

But a circus of pranksters, fops and other quirky denizens turns the scheme upside down. Years later, however, John Dryden and others championed it, and after the Restoration it was frequently revived— Samuel Pepys refers to a performance on 6 Julyand places it among the first plays legally performed after Charles II’s accession.

Works by Ben Jonson. A report from the Venetian ambassador shows that at least one person spoke up tge response to the play: With courtiers circling [ Morose is a wealthy old man with an obsessive hatred of noise, going as far as to live on a street too narrow for carts to pass and make noise.


The play was first performed by Blackfrairs Children, a group of epicoenr players in The cast was led by Nathan Field who may have played either Truewit or Dauphin. Desperate for a divorce, Morose consults two lawyers who are actually Dauphine’s friends Cutbeard and Otter in disguisebut they can find no grounds for ending the match.

Epicœne; or, The Silent Woman | play by Jonson |

Women take a particularly vicious drubbing. April Learn how and when to remove this template message. Jonson hinted to William Drummond that the play failed; he mentioned certain verses calling the title appropriate, since the audience had remained silent at the end.

Whatever trouble this complaint may have caused was apparently smoothed over by Stuart’s subsequent marriage to William Seymour. He has made plans to disinherit his nephew Dauphine by marrying. The house is overrun with noise and clamor, much to Morose’s chagrin. Worst for Morose, Epicene quickly reveals herself as a loud, nagging mate.

Since Morose can no more bear his epicoenr Epicene, he agrees with what Dauphine says. It was epiocene performed by the Blackfriars Childrenor Children of the Queen’s Revels, a group of boy playersin It appears that she had great options in life but she ended up settling for him. Morose thinks that Epicene is a quite woman.

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Epicoene or The Silent Woman

As the plans of marriage are carried out, True-wit the friend of Dauphine makes interference, he is not happy with the marriage; however his interference silenf not prove fruitful the couple is finally married. They are married women that live away from their husbands and speak their minds. Tue its two prologuesthe play is written entirely in prose. But Dauphinehas other plans in his mind, infect he himself has arranged the match for him, for his own purpose.


The play influenced at least two minor plays before the interregnum: He also tells Morose to kill himself instead of getting married. You will be redirected back to your article in seconds.

Epicene is in complete contrast to what Morose thought her to be. Van Griethuysen, clad in enormous slippers and cushioned night coat, is every bit the demented bachelor. Use dmy dates from August Use British English from August Articles needing additional islent from April All articles needing additional references All articles with unsourced statements Articles with unsourced statements from August Finally, the comic duel between La Foole and Daw is usually seen as an echo of the mock-duel between Viola and Aguecheek in Shakespeare ‘s Twelfth Night.

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Epicœne; or, The Silent Woman

A thf is carried out in which no owman proofs are found on the divorce can be given. This can be seen through the play’s use of Latin phrases, which would have required the audience to possess advanced education in order to understand all of the jokes and references.

Advertise About Tips Contact Us. Despite these issues, there is evidence that the play remained popular, as suggested by a Stationer’s Register entry inwhich indicates the intention to publish a quarto of the play.