Every Man in His Humour


Ben Jonson

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Dame Kitely Character Analysis

Dame Kitely is Kitely’s wife. Just like her husband, she is tricked by Wellbred into rushing to Cob’s house, expecting to find Kitely committing adultery (while he thinks that she is the one cheating). In the end, Justice Clement points out the error of her ways, and she makes her peace with her husband.

Dame Kitely Quotes in Every Man in His Humour

The Every Man in His Humour quotes below are all either spoken by Dame Kitely or refer to Dame Kitely. For each quote, you can also see the other characters and themes related to it (each theme is indicated by its own dot and icon, like this one:
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). Note: all page numbers and citation info for the quotes below refer to the Oxford University Press edition of Every Man in His Humour published in 2009.
Act 2, Scene 3 Quotes

A new disease? I know not, new, or old,
But it may well be called poor mortals' plague;
For, like a pestilence, it doth infect
The houses of the brain. First it begins
Solely to work upon the fantasy,
Filling her seat with such pestiferous air,
As soon corrupts the judgment; and from thence,
Sends like contagion to the memory:
Still each to other giving the infection.
Which, as a subtle vapour, spreads itself
Confusedly through every sensive part,
Till not a thought, or motion, in the mind,
Be free from the black poison of suspect.
Ah, but what misery is it, to know this?
Or, knowing it, to want the mind's erection
In such extremes? Well, I will once more strive,
(In spite of this black cloud) myself to be,
And shake the fever off, that thus shakes me.

Related Characters: Kitely (speaker), Dame Kitely
Page Number: 33
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Act 3, Scene 6 Quotes

Bane to my fortunes! what meant I to marry?
I, that before was ranked in such content,
My mind at rest too, in so soft a peace,
Being free master of mine own free thoughts,
And now become a slave? What? never sigh;
Be of good cheer, man; for thou art a cuckold:
'Tis done, 'tis done! Nay, when such flowing-store,
Plenty itself, falls into my wife's lap,
The cornucopiae will be mine, I know. But, Cob,
What entertainment had they? I am sure
My sister and my wife would bid them welcome! Ha?

Related Characters: Kitely (speaker), Dame Kitely, Mistress Bridget, Cob
Page Number: 59
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Act 5, Scene 1 Quotes

JUSTICE CLEMENT: I see, rank fruits of a jealous brain, mistress Kitely: but did you find your husband there, in that case, as you suspected?

KITELY: I found her there, sir.

JUSTICE CLEMENT: Did you, so? that alters the case. Who gave you knowledge of your wife's being there?

KITELY: Marry, that did my brother Wellbred.

JUSTICE CLEMENT: How? Wellbred first tell her? then tell you, after? Where is Wellbred?

KITELY: Gone with my sister, sir, I know not whither.

JUSTICE CLEMENT: Why, this is a mere trick, a device; you are gulled in this most grossly, all!

Related Characters: Kitely (speaker), Justice Clement (speaker), Wellbred, Dame Kitely
Page Number: 90
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Act 5, Scene 5 Quotes

JUSTICE CLEMENT: Good complement! It will be their bridal night too. They are married anew. Come, I conjure the rest, to put off all discontent. You, master Downright, your anger; you, master Knowell, your cares; Master Kitely and his wife, their jealousy.


'Tis well, 'tis well! This night we'll dedicate to friendship, love, and laughter. Master bridegroom, take your bride and lead; everyone, a fellow. Here is my mistress, Brainworm! To whom all my addresses of courtship shall have their reference. Whose adventures, this day, when our grandchildren shall hear to be made a fable, I doubt not, but it shall find both spectators, and applause.

Page Number: 97
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Dame Kitely Character Timeline in Every Man in His Humour

The timeline below shows where the character Dame Kitely appears in Every Man in His Humour. The colored dots and icons indicate which themes are associated with that appearance.
Act 2, Scene 3
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Dame Kitely and Mistress Bridget Kitely (Kitely’s sister) arrive. Dame Kitely sees that Kitely looks agitated and... (full context)
Act 3, Scene 3
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...an impending business transaction that seems less than above board. His suspicion of his wife, Dame Kitely , has gotten worse. He tells Cash that he will sacrifice the business transaction in... (full context)
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...trust Cash to look after his home while he’s gone—or, more accurately, to look after Dame Kitely and prevent Wellbred or any of his associates from coming by. (full context)
Act 3, Scene 6
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...but this doesn’t allay Kitely’s fears. He rushes back to his house, expecting to catch Dame Kitely in the act. Though he tries to bring Cob with him, Cob insists on staying... (full context)
Act 4, Scene 1
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Back at Kitely’s, Downright chastises Dame Kitely for allowing Wellbred and his entourage into the house. He blames her, but she questions... (full context)
Act 4, Scene 3
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Bridget and Dame Kitely praise Edward, with Bridget suggesting she has affections for him. Dame Kitely says he is... (full context)
Act 4, Scene 8
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Back at Kitely’s house, Wellbred explains to Kitely and Dame Kitely that anger is in Downright’s nature—and that there was “no harm done” in the earlier... (full context)
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...a fit of paranoia, takes Wellbred’s suggestion to heart and says he feels “ill.” Wellbred, Dame Kitely and Bridget all tell Kitely to pull himself together. (full context)
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...keep note of any visitors, and interrupt any interactions they might try to have with Dame Kitely . He leaves again, looking for Cob. (full context)
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Dame Kitely wonders why Kitely is looking for Cob so eagerly. Wellbred mischievously implies that Kitely is... (full context)
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...that Justice Clement had not called for him as Brainworm said. Bridget tells him that Dame Kitely has gone to Cob’s house with Cash; Kitely heads there in a fit of jealousy. (full context)
Act 4, Scene 10
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Dame Kitely and Cash arrive. Dame Kitely demands to know where Kitely is, but Tib tells her... (full context)
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Kitely, caught up in his own suspicions, thinks Dame Kitely ’s secret lover is Old Knowell, “this hoary-headed lecher.” They angrily accuse one another. Old... (full context)
Act 5, Scene 1
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Justice Clement, Knowell, Kitely, Dame Kitely , Cash, Tib, and Cob assemble at Justice Clement’s house. Clement is trying to get... (full context)
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Clement questions Dame Kitely and Kitely, getting them both to realize that each of them was convinced to search... (full context)