An English gentleman who is good friends with Willmore and Belvile, Frederick is the common sense of the group, often trying to get his friends out of scrapes and duels. Even he, however, can act impulsively and maliciously, as when he almost helps the oafish Blunt to rape Florinda. His romance with Valeria, Florinda’s and Hellena’s cousin, is one of the subplots of the play, and he ends up marrying her at its end.
Frederick Quotes in The Rover
The The Rover quotes below are all either spoken by Frederick or refer to Frederick. 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: Note: all page numbers and citation info for the quotes below refer to the Penguin Classics edition of The Rover published in 1993.).
Act 1, Scene 2 Quotes
I dare swear I have had a hundred as young, kind and handsom as this Florinda; and Dogs eat me, if they were not as troublesom to me i’th’ Morning as they were welcome o’er night.
Act 4, Scene 3 Quotes
Frederick Character Timeline in The Rover
The timeline below shows where the character Frederick appears in The Rover. The colored dots and icons indicate which themes are associated with that appearance.
Act 1, Scene 2
A sad Belvile enters a long street along with two English gentlemen, Blunt and Frederick. Frederick teases Belvile for his melancholy, saying that it is uncalled for, especially during Carnival... (full context)
Willmore, a reckless and promiscuous cavalier (hence the nickname “the Rover”), enters unexpectedly. Belvile and Frederick embrace him with delight, asking what business he has in Naples, and introducing him to... (full context)
Act 2, Scene 1
...him to come into her house and explain his insolence. When Willmore agrees, Belvile and Frederick warn him against entering the house of an angry courtesan, but Willmore ignores them, saying... (full context)
Act 3, Scene 1
...recalls their antics in the guise of gypsy girls, revealing that she told a stranger (Frederick) his fortune but grew nervous and almost dropped her disguise completely. As Hellena begins to... (full context)
...from her window, and that women of quality like her have “few opportunities for Love.” Frederick urges his friend to take the jewel, and Belvile seems to consider succumbing to her... (full context)
Act 3, Scene 3
Act 3, Scene 4
Act 4, Scene 2
Act 4, Scene 3
...responds disgustingly, saying that they will feast on her and then leave Belvile the leftovers. Frederick, however, urges him to pause, and Florinda gives them a ring in order to prove... (full context)
Act 5, Scene 1
...Willmore jokingly comments that he must share her with his friends; he also betrays that Frederick has told them all about the captured Florinda (although no one knows her identity). Having... (full context)