'Tis Pity She's a Whore

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1. "the lily and the rose"

2. "a very modest, well behaved young maiden"

3. "well here's plain dealing"

4. "precious jewel"

5. "take this my hand"

6. "for colour, lips; for sweet perfumes, her breath; for jewels, eyes"

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Renaissance man - Giovanni

1. "let some mischief"

2. "on wit too much"

3. "tis not my lust, I know, but tis my fate that leads me on"

4. "so where the body's furniture is beauty, so the mind's must needs be virtue"

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1. "An old ape in a silken coat" - Ford uses irony as characters view the Friar as a fool despite him being the only character offering useful advice.

2. "codpiece point" - Bergetto, a simple character, is still driven by sex but is honest as he doesn't conceal his sexuality as Annabella and Giovanni initially do.

3. "Privy maim" - this is a reference to an erection to show that Bergetto does not try to conceal his sexuality as other characters do.

4. "Didst thou think Poggio that I would spoil my new clothes and leave my dinner to fight?" - all characters within the society that Ford presents are driven by simple desires such as materialism and food.

5. "the speech of the people" - Putana is only concerned about the bad actions because of what others will think not because she personally feels that they are immoral.

6. "I never went to war to bring home news...I swear I got my wounds in the field" - Soranzo boasts about how true violence can bring honour in an attempt to become Annabella's suitor. 

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Death and violence

1. "Spilling of one drop of blood" - Ford often makes implicit references to blood when describing death as this presents the killing in a gruesome way and emphasises it's horrific nature. This is a feature of the revenge tragedy genre.

2. "blood shall quench that flame" - Soranzo believes that killing will staisfy him. In this way, he like many of Ford's characters pursues his base desire to kill.

3. "Glorious executioner" - In the corrupt society that Ford presents, being a murderer or an 'executioner' is not seen as a negative way to be. The murderous acts of revenge create solutions and so those who commit them can be seen as problem solvers. 

4. "cleanse"

5. "foul"

6. "rots" - gruesome language is used to present a visual image of both sex and death. In this way, Ford links the ideas of sex and death to suggest that in his play, sex that is adulterous or incestous causes death for characters. 

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1. "maidenhead so strange a loss...you are still the same"

2. "changing of colours, queasiness of stomachs, pukings and..."

3. "I have too long hidden the flame that consumes me"

4. "with my heart"

5. "paradise of joy"

6. "Elysium"

7. "take a man as he is plain sufficient, such a one as is for your bed"

8. "if the young wench feel the fit upon her, let her take anybody, father or brother, all is one"

9. "such hands as those would make an achorite lascivious"

10. "you're so hot you'd make a hermit monk horny"

11. "Come Annabella, no more sister now but love"

12. "nearness in blood and birth"

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The presentation of women

1. "you are too violent, you are too double"

2. "then I'll leave you, you are past all rules of sense"

3. "Sir, what is your will with me?"

4. "If she roars, slit her throat d'ee hear...be speedy and sure."

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Christianity and Religion

1. "you have here in shown a brother's love, a christian's care"

2. "wonderful justice"

3. "who dies a virgin, lives a saint on earth"

4. "chattering, weak old man"

5. "I have asked counsel of the holy church who tells me I may love you"

6. "all the gold and jewels or whatsoever, confiscate by the canons of the church"

7. "On my knees [she kneels] Brother, even by our mother's dust, I charge you"

8. "Beg the heavens to cleanse the leprosy of that lust that rots thy soul"

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"you're so hot you'd make a hermit monk horny"

I've not checked, but I don't think that one's from the play...



LOOOL ahahahaha yeah i think you're right @KieranD



LOOOL ahahahaha yeah i think you're right @KieranD

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