The Rover

Angelica Character Analysis

A beautiful and wealthy courtesan, Angelica is desired by all men in Naples, including Don Antonio, Don Pedro, and Willmore, all of whom duel over her at various points throughout the play. Although she initially vows to charge one thousand crowns a month for her company and sexual favors, putting out pictures of herself to display her own beauty, she succumbs to Willmore’s charms, and ends up falling in love with him and giving him money. When she finds that Willmore has been courting Hellena (who is rich and noble), the humiliated Angelica vows revenge, almost shooting her former lover with a pistol.

Angelica Quotes in The Rover

The The Rover quotes below are all either spoken by Angelica or refer to Angelica. 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 and citation info for the quotes below refers to the Penguin Classics edition of The Rover published in 1993.
Act 2, Scene 1 Quotes

How wondrous fair she is—a Thousand Crowns a Month—by Heaven as many Kingdoms were too little. A plague of this Poverty—of which I ne’er complain, but when it hinders my Approach to Beauty, which Virtue ne’er could purchase.

Related Characters: Willmore (speaker), Angelica
Related Symbols: Angelica’s Picture
Page Number: 177
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Oh! Fear me not, shall I not venture where a Beauty calls? A lovely charming Beauty? For fear of danger! When by Heaven there’s none so great as to long for her, whilst I want Money to purchase her.

Related Characters: Willmore (speaker), Angelica
Page Number: 183
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Act 2, Scene 2 Quotes

Yes, I am poor—but I’m a Gentleman,
And one that scorns this Baseness which you practise.
Poor as I am, I would not sell my self,
No, not to gain your charming high-priz’d Person.
Tho I admire you strangely for your Beauty,
Yet I contemn your Mind.
—And yet I wou’d at any rate enjoy you;
At your own rate—but cannot—See here
The only Sum I can command on Earth;
I know not where to eat when this is gone:
Yet such a Slave I am to Love and Beauty,
This last reserve I’ll sacrifice to enjoy you.
—Nay, do not frown, I know you are to be bought,
And wou’d be bought by me, by me,
For a mean trifling Sum, if I could pay it down.
Which happy knowledge I will still repeat,
And lay it to my Heart, it has a Virtue in’t,
And soon will cure those Wounds your Eyes have made.
—And yet—there’s something so divinely powerful there—
Nay, I will gaze—to let you see my Strength.

Related Characters: Willmore (speaker), Angelica
Page Number: 185
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But Madam, I have been so often cheated
By perjur’d, soft, deluding Hypocrites,
That I’ve no Faith left for the cozening Sex,
Especially for Women of your trade.

Related Characters: Willmore (speaker), Angelica
Page Number: 187
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Act 4, Scene 2 Quotes

Oh, name not such mean Trifles.—Had I given him all
My Youth has earn’d from Sin,
I had not lost a Thought nor Sigh upon’t.
But I have given him my eternal Rest,
My whole Repose, my future Joys, my Heart;
My Virgin Heart. Moretta! Oh ‘tis gone!

Related Characters: Angelica (speaker), Willmore, Moretta
Page Number: 213
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Angelica: Thou, false as Hell, what canst thou say to this?
Willmore: By Heaven—
Angelica: Hold, do not damn thy self—
Hellena: Nor hope to be believ’d.
Angelica: Oh perjur’d Man!
Is’t thus you pay my generous Passion back?
Hellena: Why wou’d you, Sir, abuse my Lady’s Faith?
Angelica: And use me so inhumanly?
Hellena: A Maid so young, so innocent—
Willmore: Ah, young Devil!
Angelica: Dost thou not know thy Life is in my power?
Hellena: Or think my Lady cannot be reveng’d?
Willmore: So, so, the Storm comes finely on.
Angelica: Now thou art silent, Guilt has struck thee dumb.
Oh hadst thou still been so, I’d liv’d in safety.

Related Characters: Willmore (speaker), Hellena (speaker), Angelica (speaker)
Related Symbols: Masks
Page Number: 217
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He’s gone, and in this Ague of My Soul
The shivering Fit returns;
Oh with what willing haste he took his leave,
As if the long’d for Minute were arriv’d,
Of some blest Assignation.
In vain I have consulted all my Charms,
In vain this Beauty priz’d, in vain believ’d
My eyes cou’d kindle any lasting Fires.
I had forgot my Name, my Infamy,
And the Reproach that Honour lays on those
That dare pretend a sober passion here.
Nice Reputation, tho it leave behind
More Virtues than inhabit where that dwells,
Yet that once gone, those virtues shine no more.
—Then since I am not fit to belov’d,
I am resolv’d to think on a Revenge
On him that sooth’d me thus to my undoing.

Related Characters: Angelica (speaker), Willmore
Page Number: 221
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Act 5, Scene 1 Quotes

Angelica: All this thou’st made me know, for which I hate thee.
Had I remain’d in innocent Security,
I shou’d have thought all Men were born my Slaves;
And worn my Pow’r like Lightning in my Eyes,
To have destroy’d at Pleasure when offended.
—But when Love held the Mirror, the undeceiving Glass
Reflected all the Weakness of my Soul, and made me know,
My richest Treasure being lost, my Honour,
All the remaining Spoil cou’d not be worth
The Conqueror’s Care or Value.
—Oh how I fell like a long worship’d Idol,
Discovering all the Cheat!
Wou’d not the Incense and rich Sacrifice,
Which blind Devotion offer’d at my Altars,
Have fall’n to thee?
Why woud’st thou then destroy my fancy’d Power?
Willmore: By Heaven thou art brave, and I admire thee strangely.
I wish I were that dull, that constant thing,
Which thou woud’st have, and Nature never meant me:
I must, like chearful Birds, sing in all Groves,
And perch on every Bough,
Billing the next kind She that flies to meet me;
Yet after all cou’d build my Nest with thee,
Thither repairing when I’d lov’d my round,
And still reserve a tributary Flame.

Related Characters: Willmore (speaker), Angelica (speaker), Willmore
Page Number: 237-238
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Angelica Character Timeline in The Rover

The timeline below shows where the character Angelica appears in The Rover. The colored dots and icons indicate which themes are associated with that appearance.
Act 1, Scene 2
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Frederick tells Willmore about the beautiful Angelica, the former mistress of a now-deceased Spanish general and the object of adoration of all... (full context)
Act 2, Scene 1
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Belvile, Frederick, and Wilmore enter the same street, intending to seek out Angelica—the first two are masked, while Willmore is not. When Willmore asks why they where masks,... (full context)
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...her honor to Willmore. Expressing frustration, Willmore says that he must find another woman, like Angelica, who is not so virtuous, so that he can put the gypsy girl out of... (full context)
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They arrive at Angelica’s house, and Belvile notes that her portrait “is not out” (usually Angelica leaves a picture... (full context)
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The others continue to mock him, and blame Angelica for the choosiness of women—she has “rais’d the Price too high,” they assert. Willmore expresses... (full context)
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Two servants (called Bravos) enter and hang three pictures of Angelica up onstage: one on her balcony, and two smaller ones on each side of her... (full context)
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Ignoring Blunt, Willmore marvels at Angelica’s beauty, saying that although she may cost a thousand crowns for a single month, even... (full context)
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...Pedro, meanwhile, resolves to go fetch a thousand crowns in order to purchase time with Angelica. He too exits. (full context)
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Angelica herself appears at her balcony along with Moretta, her elderly servant, and a former prostitute... (full context)
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Angelica reflects that Don Pedro is handsome and wealthy, but inconstant. She asserts that inconstancy is... (full context)
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Seeing Don Pedro return, Angelica reveals that she means to seduce both him and Don Antonio. As if on cue,... (full context)
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Antonio wonders whether he should purchase Angelica’s services, and Diego urges him to do so, saying that although his master will soon... (full context)
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In order to draw the attention of her admirers, Angelica begins to play a love song on her lute. Antonio, in turn, pulls off his... (full context)
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...in the public square, called the Molo; Pedro says that they will fight not for Angelica, but for the honor of Florinda, whom Antonio has wronged. Furthermore, they vow to duel... (full context)
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Seemingly entranced, Willmore pulls down one of the pictures of Angelica, explaining the desire it has incited in him. The bravo tells him to stop, but... (full context)
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Believing that Willmore has insulted Angelica, Antonio threatens him with his sword; Willmore responds in kind, saying that while Antonio may... (full context)
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Hearing the commotion, Angelica asks Moretta what is happening. Although she commands the men to stop, Blunt and Willmore... (full context)
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As he fights, Willmore continues to marvel at Angelica’s beauty. Angelica calls down to ask whether he is the one who began the fight.... (full context)
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Angelica tells Willmore to keep the picture, but Antonio takes offense, and the fight continues. Belvile... (full context)
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Angelica calls down to Willmore, telling him to come into her house and explain his insolence.... (full context)
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Inside her house, Angelica demands to know why Wilmore pulled down her picture; he responds by questioning why she... (full context)
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Angelica replies that she brought him in to beg her pardon, but Willmore counters, saying that... (full context)
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Moretta mocks Willmore for his poverty, but Angelica tells her to stop. Moretta, however, continues, attempting to force him to leave the house.... (full context)
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Willmore asks if he may buy just a few moments of time with Angelica, but Moretta refuses, saying that he must purchase the whole time, or nothing. Willmore suggests... (full context)
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Aside, Angelica remarks that Willmore cannot enrage her and that, indeed, she is falling in love with... (full context)
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Speaking aside again, Angelica exclaims that his words have reached her soul. Willmore goes on to say that he... (full context)
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Moretta notices her mistress’s emotions, and once again tries to force Willmore out. Angelica, shaken out of her daze, snaps at Moretta, ordering her to leave. Turning to Willmore,... (full context)
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Angelica asks if Willmore could ever forget that her love and favor are for sale. She... (full context)
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Despairing, Angelica asks if Willmore will scorn the first vows of love that she has ever made.... (full context)
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Angelica replies that Willmore has hurt her pride, and makes to leave. The cavalier physically restrains... (full context)
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When Angelica still insists on payment, Willmore calls her a fiend, before promising to pay her in... (full context)
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Moretta, who has remained silent until now, curses Angelica for falling pray to love. She abuses Willmore’s name, but acknowledges that most prostitutes face... (full context)
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Belvile, Frederick, and Blunt enter and immediately notice that Angelica’s picture has been removed. Blunt believes that Angelica may have been kind to Willmore, while... (full context)
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Willmore enters, having just exited Angelica’s house; Hellena, still hidden, responds with anger. As Belvile questions him, Willmore replies triumphantly, hyperbolically... (full context)
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...day, calling it holy, and asserting that it gave him the confidence to succeed with Angelica. He says that no other woman will “raise a new Desire” in him, and offers... (full context)
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Blunt asks if Willmore and Angelica have married, and Willmore answers that they have shared all the joys of matrimony, but... (full context)
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As the two converse, Angelica enters, accompanied by Moretta, and her servants Biskey and Sebastian. Expressing surprise at finding Willmore... (full context)
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Incensed, the hidden Angelica expresses rage at Willmore’s inconstancy. (full context)
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Enraged beyond endurance, Angelica resolves to leave, since her jealousy will get the best of her if she stays.... (full context)
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...Willmore that she will unmask again only if he reveals what he was doing in Angelica’s house. Willmore responds lamely, asserting that he went in to see a male friend. Hellena... (full context)
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Seeing that they have reached Angelica’s house, Willmore recalls that he has promised to spend the night with her, and is... (full context)
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...Antonio into the house, Willmore reacts with rage that another man will be sleeping with Angelica. He and Antonio begin fighting as Belvile and Frederick watch, aghast that their “mad” companion... (full context)
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...not know the identity of his opponent), who bitterly accuses him of finding favor with Angelica. Belvile is shocked that Antonio would be fighting for Angelica—a “common Prize”—rather than Florinda, but... (full context)
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...enter, looking for Belvile. Willmore is dressed in fine clothes that he has bought with Angelica’s money. Seeing their companion, the ever-indiscreet Willmore runs to embrace him, calling his name. Don... (full context)
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Angelica enters with Moretta and Sebastian, demanding to know if Willmore has just left. Frederick reveals... (full context)
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Sebastian reenters with Willmore, and Angelica turns away from him. Willmore asks why she flees when he pursues her and pursues... (full context)
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Angelica remains furious, accusing Willmore of courting Hellena for her two hundred thousand-crown fortune, and revealing... (full context)
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Hellena herself enters, disguised as a boy. She recognizes both Angelica and Willmore; Moretta notices her, and, hoping that she is a page for Don Antonio,... (full context)
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Angelica refuses to speak to Willmore, who offers to leave. Meanwhile Hellena approaches, anxious to torment... (full context)
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Hellena goes to speak to Angelica as Willmore repeatedly attempts to sneak off. The disguised girl tells the courtesan that she... (full context)
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...or a woman he can seduce; he is confused, however, about the mention of marriage. Angelica bitterly notices Willmore’s excitement. (full context)
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Perceiving the hurt in Angelica’s eyes, Hellena offers to stop her tale, but Angelica, hoping to quench her own love... (full context)
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Consumed with jealousy, Angelica asks if Willmore is the man of whom Hellena speaks. He attempts to defend himself... (full context)
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With Angelica distracted, Willmore asks Hellena who her supposed mistress is, and how he can find her... (full context)
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Breaking the cycle at last, Angelica asks Hellena to look into Willmore’s face and identify him. As their eyes meet, the... (full context)
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Willmore announces to Angelica that he has uncovered Hellena’s plot; Hellena worries that he has seen through her disguise... (full context)
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After Willmore tells Hellena to return to her supposed mistress with a scornful message, Angelica attempts to extract a promise from him to never marry the fictional gypsy girl, but... (full context)
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...Don Antonio; hearing his name, Hellena flees, believing that he may see through her disguise. Angelica resolves to go see the viceroy’s son, and Willmore pretends to react jealously, asking if... (full context)
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With Willmore gone, Angelica mourns his loss, and reveals that she has lost faith in herself and in love... (full context)
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Angelica enters, veiled and masked. Willmore runs to her, believing it to be his gypsy girl... (full context)
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Willmore attempts to talk Angelica out of her murderous intentions and Angelica laments that, even now, his words have the... (full context)
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The cavalier retorts that Angelica herself has broken hearts, but she maintains that she has always repaid her lovers’ vows.... (full context)
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...he will pay her back for her time, and offers her a purse of gold. Angelica says that she still must kill him for the sake of all womankind as well... (full context)
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Don Antonio enters unexpectedly, having seen Angelica’s coach at the door of the house. Though injured, he immediately takes away her pistol,... (full context)
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Don Pedro reenters, but hides when he sees Don Antonio with Angelica. Obeying Angelica’s command, Antonio says that he will not shoot Willmore, for her sake. Angelica... (full context)
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As Angelica leaves, Don Antonio goes to follow her, but Don Pedro stops him, asking why he... (full context)