Synopsis and Scene-By-Scene Summary and Commentary

  • Michael Stout
Part of the Macmillan Master Guides book series (MMG)


Volpone is an old and wealthy Venetian nobleman who worships gold. He has no children or relatives and maintains an unnatural household made up of a dwarf, a hermaphrodite, a eunuch, and a parasite called Mosca. Volpone and Mosca conspire together to defraud greedy legacy hunters. The three main would-be heirs are Voltore an advocate, Corvino a merchant, and Corbaccio, an old gentleman. Volpone pretends to be bedridden and mortally ill, while Mosca raises their hopes, in turn, of becoming his sole heir. As a result they attempt to outdo each other in the magnificence of their presents to him.


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© Michael Stout 1988

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