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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She yells at him in front of Truewit and his friends and she tells him he’s sullying her image. Can old complaints be forgot? Finally it is, Dauphine, who comes to the rescue of Morose and says that he will provide the reasons for divorce.

Morose thinks that Epicene is a quite woman. But Scott Ferrara and Daniel Breaker are tiresome as the two tricksters.

With courtiers circling [ Floyd King is delightfully over the top as the foppish La Foole. Use dmy dates from August Use British English from August Articles needing additional references from April All articles needing additional references All articles with unsourced statements Articles with unsourced statements from August 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.

Little heed is now given to the Victorian critic F. She is intimidating and in charge of domestic resources. Unbeknownst to him, Dauphine has arranged the whole match for purposes of his own. The play was first performed by Blackfrairs Children, a group of boy players in This is due to the schemes and tricks Dauphine has played on him in the past.


Women take a particularly vicious drubbing. The cast was led by Nathan Field who may have played either Truewit or Dauphin. Some more local details are also borrowed from the classical misogynistic tradition. You will be redirected back to your article in seconds. The situation becomes tense for the Morose. 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.


Morose, has a natural hatred for noise. 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. While most details of characterization and plot are his own invention, the scenario originates from two orations by Libanius: Truewit, hoping to secure his friend’s inheritance, attempts to persuade Morose that marriage would not be good qoman him.

Hypocrisy, venality and marriage are just some of the topics lampooned here.

Epicœne; or, The Silent Woman

Advertise About Tips Contact Us. Retrieved from ” https: The plan involves setting Morose up to marry Epicoene, a boy disguised as a woman. From Wikipedia, the tbe encyclopedia. The house is overrun with noise and clamor, much to Morose’s chagrin.

The bachelor, Morose Ted Van Griethuysenis so averse to noise that he covers his house with mattresses, and he selects his wife because she appears to be shy and untalkative. That’s my next gig! Epicene is in complete contrast to what Morose thought her to be. Van Griethuysen, clad in enormous slippers epicoee cushioned night coat, is every bit the demented bachelor.


Retrieved 23 March He thinks that he will marry with Epicene and then disinherit Dauphine.

Epicoenf was originally performed by the Blackfriars Childrenor Children of the Queen’s Revels, a group of boy playersin 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.

Pepys saw the play again in Januarywith Edward Kynaston in the title role.

The Silent Woman

After the agreement is made Dauphine strips off the costume of Epicene, and it is revealed that Epicene was none but a boy in costume. The cleverly twisted plot was epicofne to skewer a broad swath of social pretensions and customs in Jacobean England.

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