Roger Formal is Justice Clement’s clerk and assistant, tasked with fulfilling his boss’s administrative requirements. Late in the play, he is intrigued by Brainworm’s alter-ego, Fitzsword, and goes out to drink wine with him and hear about his backstory as an ex-soldier. Brainworm gets Formal drunk and steals his clothes, enabling him to serve Downright with a (false) arrest warrant on behalf of Captain Bobadil and Master Matthew—who give him jewels and clothing in exchange.
Roger Formal Character Timeline in Every Man in His Humour
The timeline below shows where the character Roger Formal appears in Every Man in His Humour. The colored dots and icons indicate which themes are associated with that appearance.
Act 3, Scene 7
Justice Clement laughs at Bobadil’s reason for attacking Cob—the insult over tobacco—and instead orders Formal to send Cob to jail. Old Knowell, also present, implores Justice Clement to go easy... (full context)
Act 4, Scene 6
Act 4, Scene 8
Act 4, Scene 9
...worry about their reputations but make their excuses. When Brainworm comes by, dressed as Roger Formal, they complain to him about Downright and ask for an arrest warrant. Brainworm says he... (full context)
Act 5, Scene 1
Act 5, Scene 3
...Brainworm, in disguise as the “varlet,” says he doesn’t have it—but that it was Roger Formal who told him to make the arrests. Clement asks why Downright accepted the arrest without... (full context)
...go and fetch the young couple, praising the “good news.” He asks Brainworm for Roger Formal’s whereabouts; Brainworm explains what happened. Clement says that Brainworm has done nothing terribly wrong and... (full context)
Act 5, Scene 4