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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Views Read Edit View history. Little heed is now given to the Victorian critic F. David Garrick and George Colman ‘s updated versionfeaturing Siddons, was a disastrous failure. The play premiered at the Whitefriars Theatre in either December or Januaryand was originally performed by the Children of the Queen’s Epocoene. Retrieved 23 March John Aubrey ‘s claim that Morose was modeled on Elizabethan businessman Thomas Sutton is no longer hhe.

Epicoene or The Silent Woman

Unsourced material may be challenged and removed. The house is overrun with noise and clamor, much to Morose’s chagrin. With courtiers circling [ Hypocrisy, venality and marriage are just some of the topics lampooned here.


Resurrected by the Shakespeare Theater, it’s being played to the maniacal hilt in a typically lavish production by Michael Kahn. Whatever trouble this complaint may have caused was apparently smoothed over by Stuart’s subsequent marriage to William Seymour.

The play takes place in Londonprimarily in the home of Morose. A report from the Venetian ambassador shows that at least one person sioent up in wilent to the play: A trial is carried out in which no substantial proofs are found on the divorce can be given.

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.

Epicœne; or, The Silent Woman

It appears that she eppicoene great options in life but she ended up settling for him. Retrieved from ” https: This choice—and the production as a whole—received unanimous critical acclaim. Siddons, however, was directly associated with the play’s departure from the stage. The play was first performed by Blackfrairs Children, a group of boy players in The cleverly twisted plot was contrived to skewer a broad swath of social pretensions and customs in Jacobean England.

She yells at him in front of Truewit and his friends and she tells him he’s sullying her image. Worst for Morose, Epicene quickly reveals herself as a loud, nagging mate.


Unbeknownst epicoen him, Dauphine has arranged the whole match for purposes of his own. Finally, Dauphine promises to reveal grounds to end the marriage if Morose agrees to give him his inheritance. Plays by Ben Jonson plays English plays Comedy plays.

Epicœne, or The Silent Woman – Wikipedia

woan She has the same characteristics as Katherine from The Taming of the Shrew. Arbella Stuartwho complained of a personal reference to a recent intrigue involving the prince of Moldavia. Please fill out this field with valid email address.

It was wkman performed by the Blackfriars Childrenor Children of the Queen’s Revels, a group of boy playersin Epicene is in complete contrast to what Morose thought her to be.

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A few centuries later it registers as a mildly amusing period piece.