- Series: New Mermaid Series
- Paperback: 184 pages
- Publisher: W W Norton & Co Inc; 2 edition (October 1996)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0393900789
- ISBN-13: 978-0393900781
- Product Dimensions: 0.8 x 5.2 x 8 inches
- Shipping Weight: 8 ounces
- Average Customer Review: 12 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #5,859,434 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Tragedy in five acts by John Webster, performed and published as The White Divel in 1612. Based on historical events that occurred in Italy during the 1580s, this dark Jacobean drama is considered one of the finest of the period. The White Devil centers on the love affair between the Duke of Brachiano and Vittoria Corombona, two of the play's many unscrupulous characters. Despite her role as a vicious heroine, Vittoria elicits sympathy in her attempt to endure a deeply corrupt society. In The White Devil both evil and good characters are drawn into schemes involving political intrigue, adulterous desire, and bloody revenge. Criticized for its plot construction, the play is noted for its characterizations and use of dramatic tension and physical horror. -- The Merriam-Webster Encyclopedia of Literature --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
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John Webster is Professor of Systematic Theology, University of Aberdeen. He is the editor of the International Journal of Systematic Theology. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
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Mont. My lord duke sent to you a thousand ducats
The twelfth of August.
Vit. _ _ _ _ _ 'Twas to keep your cousin
From prison; I paid use for 't.
Mont. __ __ __ __ I rather think,
'Twas interest for his lust.
Vit. Who says so but yourself?
If you be my accuser,
Pray cease to be my judge: come from the bench;
Give in your evidence 'gainst me, and let these
Be moderators. My lord cardinal,
Were your intelligencing ears as loving
As to my thoughts, had you an honest tongue,
I would not care though you proclaim'd them all.
Mont. Go to, go to. After your goodly and vainglorious banquet,
I 'll give you a choke-pear.
Vit. O' your own grafting?
(I can't even tell if that last crack was dirty or not!)
The Jacobean drama portrayed a world which had lost its firm foundation (Webster name-drops Galileo). Vittoria's brother Flamenio is overeducated, poor, and immoral. His last scene is his greatest:
Lodo. Oh, I could kill you forty times a day,
And use 't four years together, 'twere too little!
Naught grieves but that you are too few to feed
The famine of our vengeance. What dost think on?
Flam. Nothing; of nothing: leave thy idle questions.
I am i' th' way to study a long silence:
To prate were idle. I remember nothing.
There 's nothing of so infinite vexation
As man's own thoughts.
The Kindle edition, via Gutenberg, is well-formatted with few, if any typos. It is completely free of notes.