The Rover

Willmore Character Analysis

An upper-class soldier called a cavalier, Willmore is loyal to the English monarchy, and has therefore been exiled from his homeland (the story takes place during Oliver Cromwell’s reign in England after the execution of Charles 1). He comes to Naples excited about the free-for-all atmosphere of Carnival. A classic rake, and the Rover of the play’s title, he is called so not just because of his travelling, but also because of his roving eye. He constantly lusts for women, and seeks out different ways to seduce them, leaving a trail of broken hearts wherever he goes. Reckless and rash, Willmore often quarrels with other men, and is quick to draw his sword. During the play, he wins the love of both the noble, unladylike, intelligent Hellena and the high-priced courtesan Angelica. Witty and charming, Willmore also has a dark side, which becomes obvious when he almost rapes Florinda, the beloved of his friend Belvile. Although he eventually vows to marry Hellena, his intellectual equal, it is difficult to believe that wedding vows will end Willmore’s promiscuous behavior.

Willmore Quotes in The Rover

The The Rover quotes below are all either spoken by Willmore or refer to Willmore. 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 1, Scene 2 Quotes

Love and Mirth are my Business in Naples; and if I mistake not the Place, here’s an excellent Market for Chapmen of my Humour.

Related Characters: Willmore (speaker), Belvile, Frederick, Ned Blunt
Related Symbols: Carnival
Page Number: 166
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Hellena: If you should prevail with my tender Heart (as I begin to fear you will, for you have horrible loving Eyes) there will be difficulty in’t that you’ll hardly undergo for my sake.
Willmore: Faith, Child, I have been bred in Dangers, and wear a Sword that has been employ’d in a worse Cause, than for a handsom kind Woman—Name the Danger—let it be any thing but a long Siege, and I’ll undertake it.

Related Characters: Willmore (speaker), Hellena (speaker)
Related Symbols: Swords
Page Number: 169
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Act 2, Scene 1 Quotes

Willmore: But why thus disguis’d and muzzl’d?
Belvile: Because whatever Extravagances we commit in these Faces, our own may not be oblig’d to answer ‘em.
Willmore: I should have changed my Eternal Buff too: but no matter, my little Gypsy wou’d not have found me out then: for if she should change hers, it is impossible I should know her, unless I should hear her prattle—A Pox on’t, I cannot get her out of my Head: Pray Heaven, if ever I do see her again, she prove damnably ugly, that I may fortify my self against her Tongue.

Related Characters: Willmore (speaker), Belvile (speaker), Hellena
Related Symbols: Carnival, Masks
Page Number: 174
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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 3, Scene 1 Quotes

O’ my Conscience, that will be our Destiny, because we are both of one humour; I am as inconstant as you, for I have considered, Captain, that a handsom Woman has a great deal to do whilst her Face is good, for then is our Harvest-time to gather Friends; and should I in these days of my Youth, catch a fitch of foolish Constancy, I were undone; ‘tis loitering by da-light in our great Journey: therefore declare, I’ll allow but one year for Love, one year for Indifference, and one year for Hate—and then—go hang yourself—for I profess myself the gay, the kind, and the inconstant—the Devil’s in’t if this won’t please you.

Related Characters: Hellena (speaker), Willmore
Page Number: 193
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Ah Rogue! Such black Eyes, such a Face, such a Mouth, such Teeth—and so much Wit!

Related Characters: Willmore (speaker), Hellena
Related Symbols: Masks
Page Number: 196
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Act 3, Scene 3 Quotes

Florinda: I’ll cry Murder, Rape, or any thing, if you do not instantly let me go.
Willmore: A Rape! Come, come, you lie, you Baggage, you lie: What, I’ll warrant you would fain have the World believe now that you are not so forward as I. No, not you—why at this time of Night was your Cobweb-door set open, dear Spider—but to catch Flies?—Hah come—or I shall be damnably angry…

Related Characters: Willmore (speaker), Florinda (speaker)
Page Number: 202
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Act 3, Scene 4 Quotes

Belvile: Damn your debaucht Opinion: tell me, Sot, hadst thou so much sense and light about thee to distinguish her to be a Woman, and could’st not see something about her Face and Person, to strike an awful Reverence into thy Soul?
Willmore: Faith no, I consider’d her as mere a Woman as I could wish.

Related Characters: Willmore (speaker), Belvile (speaker), Florinda
Page Number: 204
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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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If it were possible I should ever be inclin’d to marry, it should be some kind young Sinner, one that has Generosity enough to give a favour handsomely to one that can ask it discreetly, one that has Wit enough to manage an Intrigue of Love—oh how civil such a Wench is, to a Man that does her the Honour to marry her.

Related Characters: Willmore (speaker), Hellena
Page Number: 220
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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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Nay, if we part so, let me die like a Bird upon a Bough, at the Sheriff’s Charge. By Heaven, both the Indies shall not buy thee from me. I adore thy Humour and will marry thee, and we are so one of one Humour, it must be a Bargain—give me thy Hand—and now let the blind ones (love and Fortune) do their worst.

Related Characters: Willmore (speaker), Hellena
Page Number: 243
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Willmore Character Timeline in The Rover

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Act 1, Scene 2
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Willmore, a reckless and promiscuous cavalier (hence the nickname “the Rover”), enters unexpectedly. Belvile and Frederick... (full context)
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The Englishmen, especially Wilmore, engage the prostitutes in conversation, noting that they each have notes pinned to their breasts... (full context)
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When a prostitute that Willmore admired leaves, he grows angry, complaining that he had just been about to fall in... (full context)
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Hellena immediately notices Belvile and points him out to Florinda. She notices Willmore too, calling him handsome, and decides to tell him his fortune. (full context)
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Believing Hellena to be a gypsy, Willmore begins to banter and flirt with her, calling her a “young Devil.” Correctly identifying him... (full context)
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Hellena retorts that she means to die a virgin, and Willmore tells her that she will damn herself by doing so, and that he will help... (full context)
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After Hellena informs him that he will need to storm a nunnery to win her, Willmore tells her that she will be considered more virtuous if she tastes the pleasures of... (full context)
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Asking Hellena to give him “Credit for a Heart,” Willmore asserts that he wishes to come first to her “Banquet of Love,” and asks her... (full context)
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...She goes on to ask him whether there is a difference between love and lust. Willmore, in turn, tells her that the two go together. (full context)
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As Hellena and Willmore banter, Lucetta and Sancho plot—she is a prostitute and he is her pimp. They decide... (full context)
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...worried that the letter may be a trap, but the cavalier opens it anyway. Meanwhile, Willmore and Hellena have made plans to meet each other later in the evening; Hellena makes... (full context)
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...Belvile rejoices, and begs his friends to help him rescue his love from Don Pedro. Willmore, although he has essentially no idea what is going on, says that he is always... (full context)
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...if she pretends to be in love with him (for Blunt is very trusting). When Willmore asks what kind of man Blunt is, Belvile and Frederick mock his stupidity and lack... (full context)
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Willmore expresses jealousy that Blunt has found such a willing woman, and Frederick responds by asking... (full context)
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Frederick tells Willmore about the beautiful Angelica, the former mistress of a now-deceased Spanish general and the object... (full context)
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Belvile, Frederick, and Wilmore enter the same street, intending to seek out Angelica—the first two are masked, while Willmore... (full context)
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Willmore says that he should have worn a mask as well, but then reflects that if... (full context)
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Belvile warns Willmore against falling in love with Hellena, saying that she is most likely too highborn to... (full context)
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...of herself outside of her door in order to remind the world of her desirability). Willmore expresses a wish to see the portrait, because it will allow him to gaze on... (full context)
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When Belvile and Willmore question him further, Blunt reveals that he does not know the name of his new... (full context)
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When Willmore says that they should all go to meet Lucetta, Blunt responds jealously, saying that he... (full context)
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...beautiful house. Belvile responds that there are many prostitutes with fine clothes and beautiful houses. Willmore, with his one-track mind, asks where he can find such women. (full context)
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...blame Angelica for the choosiness of women—she has “rais’d the Price too high,” they assert. Willmore expresses particular bitterness at Angelica’s unattainability. (full context)
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...of her front door; the pictures also include a price, since Angelica is a prostitute. Willmore is entranced by the picture, while Blunt scoffs, condemning Angelica as an immoral prostitute. (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... (full context)
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...he, too, will pay a thousand pounds. The two men quarrel and begin to duel. Willmore and Blunt enter to part the fray, and Willmore comments that if fighting were all... (full context)
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Seemingly entranced, Willmore pulls down one of the pictures of Angelica, explaining the desire it has incited in... (full context)
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Believing that Willmore has insulted Angelica, Antonio threatens him with his sword; Willmore responds in kind, saying that... (full context)
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...Angelica asks Moretta what is happening. Although she commands the men to stop, Blunt and Willmore begin to fight Antonio and his companions. (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... (full context)
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Angelica tells Willmore to keep the picture, but Antonio takes offense, and the fight continues. Belvile and Frederick... (full context)
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...his sword fighting skills, while Belvile is concerned that that the Spaniards will seek revenge. Willmore, meanwhile, is slightly wounded. They mock the Spaniards for their apparently easy defeat. (full context)
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Angelica calls down to Willmore, telling him to come into her house and explain his insolence. When Willmore agrees, Belvile... (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 dared to leave it outside,... (full context)
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Angelica replies that she brought him in to beg her pardon, but Willmore counters, saying that he has come into her house to chide her for the sin... (full context)
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Moretta mocks Willmore for his poverty, but Angelica tells her to stop. Moretta, however, continues, attempting to force... (full context)
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Willmore asks if he may buy just a few moments of time with Angelica, but Moretta... (full context)
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Aside, Angelica remarks that Willmore cannot enrage her and that, indeed, she is falling in love with him. Out loud,... (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 feels only lust for her, not love, for 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... (full context)
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Angelica asks if Willmore could ever forget that her love and favor are for sale. She says that even... (full context)
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Despairing, Angelica asks if Willmore will scorn the first vows of love that she has ever made. Willmore, not believing... (full context)
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Angelica replies that Willmore has hurt her pride, and makes to leave. The cavalier physically restrains her, however, begging... (full context)
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When Angelica still insists on payment, Willmore calls her a fiend, before promising to pay her in “vows” and kissing her hand.... (full context)
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...who has remained silent until now, curses Angelica for falling pray to love. She abuses Willmore’s name, but acknowledges that most prostitutes face a similar fate: they win riches from foolish... (full context)
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...but grew nervous and almost dropped her disguise completely. As Hellena begins to long for Willmore, Florinda and Valeria begin to mock her. Hellena acknowledges that she wishes she had never... (full context)
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Valeria speculates about Willmore’s promiscuity, and Hellena realizes that he may not come to meet her. Wondering what she... (full context)
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...good thing she is going to a convent, for there her sighs and tears for Willmore will be mistaken for piety. (full context)
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Noticing the Englishmen enter without her “inconstant” Wilmore, Hellena urges Valeria and Florinda to hide with her in order to see what is... (full context)
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...that Angelica’s picture has been removed. Blunt believes that Angelica may have been kind to Willmore, while Belvile worries that the courtesan has murdered his friend. Aside, Hellena’s heart speeds up... (full context)
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...knock, and Moretta answers from the balcony, asking what they want. When they ask after Willmore, Moretta curses him once again, but tells the group that he is coming to them. (full context)
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Willmore enters, having just exited Angelica’s house; Hellena, still hidden, responds with anger. As Belvile questions... (full context)
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Still boasting, Willmore praises the alcohol that he drank earlier in the day, calling it holy, and asserting... (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... (full context)
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Belvile asks Willmore if he has forgotten his gypsy girl. Willmore angrily responds that that he had forgotten... (full context)
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...comes out of hiding, tapping him on the back and asking if this is true. Willmore initially responds with fear, but soon slips back into flirtatious banter, asserting that he has... (full context)
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Asking how she may reward his devotion, Hellena takes up Willmore’s flirtatious tone. He, in turn, asks if he may see her face. She responds that,... (full context)
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Taking her boldness to a new level, Hellena sarcastically tells Willmore that she knows soldiers (like himself) to be strict and chaste men. For this reason,... (full context)
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Hellena counterattacks, telling Willmore that she is as inconstant as he is, and that she does not wish to... (full context)
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Incensed, the hidden Angelica expresses rage at Willmore’s inconstancy. (full context)
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Hellena tells Wilmore that they are alike, destined to fool men and women into loving them. She takes... (full context)
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...orders one of her bravoes, Sebastian, to learn Hellena’s identity, and commands Biskey to bring Willmore to her. (full context)
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Meanwhile, Hellena tells Willmore that she will unmask again only if he reveals what he was doing in Angelica’s... (full context)
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...Florinda leaves Belvile the jewel, which as it turns out contains a picture of her. Wilmore, too, bids goodbye to Hellena, saying that he must see her tomorrow. (full context)
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Willmore praises Hellena’s features and wit, while Belvile does the same for Florinda, cursing his own... (full context)
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...Belvile is late. While she goes to hide the jewels, a drunk, belligerent, and masked Willmore enters, annoyed that he has been unable to find Belvile or Frederick. He decides that... (full context)
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Seeing Florinda, but with no idea who she is, Willmore accosts her, drunkenly demanding a kiss. When Florinda resists his advances, he persists, attempting to... (full context)
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Belvile and Frederick enter (they are masked), looking for Willmore. Hearing Florinda’s cries for help, they rush to her aid, pulling Willmore off of him.... (full context)
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...Florinda quickly instructs her lover to come to her chamber window, and tells him that Willmore has ruined their plan. She flees in the nick of time, just as Pedro enters,... (full context)
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Belvile, Willmore, and Frederick enter the street outside of Don Pedro’s house; Willmore is dejected, Belvile furious,... (full context)
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...and Don Pedro). He wonders whether he may throw any obstacles in Antonio’s way, and Willmore swears he will help, asking who Antonio is. Belvile reveals that he has no idea... (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 about to... (full context)
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As Moretta enters to let Antonio into the house, Willmore reacts with rage that another man will be sleeping with Angelica. He and Antonio begin... (full context)
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Three masked revelers enter, and cry out that a man has been killed (Willmore has injured Antonio). Still extremely drunk, Wilmore says that if a man is dead, he... (full context)
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As Belvile attempts to find Willmore, worried about his friend despite their quarrel, a group of soldiers enter, having heard that... (full context)
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...earn Belvile’s hatred; the Englishman pleads innocence, saying that he fought only in defense of Willmore. Honorably, Antonio gives Belvile a sword, saying that he has saved Belvile from being arrested.... (full context)
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At just the wrong moment, Willmore and Frederick enter, looking for Belvile. Willmore is dressed in fine clothes that he has... (full context)
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Yet again enraged against Willmore, Belvile paces back and forth; Willmore knows that he has done something wrong, but does... (full context)
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Angelica enters with Moretta and Sebastian, demanding to know if Willmore has just left. Frederick reveals that he has, but says that he is in danger,... (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... (full context)
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Angelica remains furious, accusing Willmore of courting Hellena for her two hundred thousand-crown fortune, and revealing that she saw him... (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, points her... (full context)
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Angelica refuses to speak to Willmore, who offers to leave. Meanwhile Hellena approaches, anxious to torment Willmore for his faithlessness. Secretly,... (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 is a... (full context)
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Continuing on, Hellena relates how the Englishman jilted this noblewoman at the altar. Willmore now believes that she either speaks of a woman who is in love with him,... (full context)
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...Hellena offers to stop her tale, but Angelica, hoping to quench her own love for Willmore, begs the disguised Hellena to continue. She does so, pleading with Angelica to stop seeing... (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 and paces around... (full context)
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With Angelica distracted, Willmore asks Hellena who her supposed mistress is, and how he can find her house. Hellena... (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 cavalier at last recognizes Hellena as... (full context)
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Willmore announces to Angelica that he has uncovered Hellena’s plot; Hellena worries that he has seen... (full context)
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After Willmore tells Hellena to return to her supposed mistress with a scornful message, Angelica attempts to... (full context)
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...he may see through her disguise. Angelica resolves to go see the viceroy’s son, and Willmore pretends to react jealously, asking if he should leave her to his rival. Seeing through... (full context)
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With Willmore gone, Angelica mourns his loss, and reveals that she has lost faith in herself and... (full context)
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...Pedro on the street, the women put on their masks. The men enter, along with Willmore, and notice Florinda looking at them. Mistaking her glance as an invitation, Willmore follows her... (full context)
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Florinda reenters, chased by Willmore but still fearful of meeting her brother. She exits, only to be followed by both... (full context)
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...entered Belvile’s lodgings, and wonders if she intended to do so. At this point, however, Willmore enters, and Valeria is too afraid of him to follow her cousin inside, instead hiding.... (full context)
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...a massive stroke of bad luck, Florinda enters and begs Blunt to protect her from Willmore. Blunt is scornful and violent, telling Florinda that he would be more merciful to her... (full context)
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...with a woman, no one believes him. In fact, hearing there is a woman within, Willmore jokingly comments that he must share her with his friends; he also betrays that Frederick... (full context)
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...others try to coax him into a good mood even as they continue mocking him. Willmore and Belvile express sympathy, while Pedro apologizes for the rudeness of his country, saying that... (full context)
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...to draw Blunt aside to avoid giving Florinda away to Don Pedro, but the indiscreet Willmore foils him, telling him that there can be no secrecy when a woman is involved.... (full context)
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Willmore proposes that they go see Florinda to determine whether she is a noblewoman or not.... (full context)
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...As Pedro exits, unaware that he is about to threaten his own sister, Belvile curses Willmore for his “mischief.” Willmore reacts peevishly, disappointed that he has lost the contest; Belvile bemoans... (full context)
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...prostitute. Simultaneously, Belvile and Florinda both worry that her brother will discover her identity, while Willmore wonders whether Florinda is the same woman whom he recently followed. (full context)
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A relieved Florinda embraces Valeria. Willmore and Blunt look on, confused, as Valeria urges Florinda and Belvile to marry each other... (full context)
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The page reenters with a priest, and the four lovers exit to be married. Willmore remains onstage to stand guard against Don Pedro’s return. The page enters once again, telling... (full context)
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Angelica enters, veiled and masked. Willmore runs to her, believing it to be his gypsy girl and demanding that she confess... (full context)
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Willmore attempts to talk Angelica out of her murderous intentions and Angelica laments that, even now,... (full context)
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...herself has broken hearts, but she maintains that she has always repaid her lovers’ vows. Willmore asserts that Angelica has grown spoiled and lazy because of her long liaison with the... (full context)
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Willmore seems to react with genuine remorse, saying that for her sake, he wishes that he... (full context)
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...the house. Though injured, he immediately takes away her pistol, only to offer to shoot Willmore himself, believing him to be a rival for Angelica’s love. The courtesan, however, begs him... (full context)
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...sees Don Antonio with Angelica. Obeying Angelica’s command, Antonio says that he will not shoot Willmore, for her sake. Angelica says that she will give Willmore life in order to demonstrate... (full context)
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The still angry Don Pedro resolves to give Florinda to Belvile in revenge against Antonio. Willmore reveals that the marriage has already taken place; he adds that if Belvile is anything... (full context)
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Belvile enters and is immediately suspicious of Willmore’s actions. Don Pedro asks if Belvile has married Florinda and, hearing that he has, wishes... (full context)
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As Willmore is about to exit, however, Hellena enters once again disguised in boy’s clothes, and pulls... (full context)
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Hellena asks whether he would have left her behind, and Willmore swears that they will never part again. She then questions whether an innocent virgin like... (full context)
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Both Hellena and Willmore agree that they should lose no time, and the cavalier proposes that they go up... (full context)
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Willmore asks her for at least one kiss, but Hellena shows him only scorn, saying that... (full context)
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Willmore proposes that they tell each other their names, so that they may curse each other... (full context)
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...Florinda is shocked to see her sister, and Pedro attempts to pull Hellena away, but Willmore protects her. Hellena announces that she is in love with Willmore, despite her brother’s anger. (full context)
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...Englishmen. Belvile responds that his friends have fallen on hard times, but are still gentlemen. Willmore asserts that he can give Hellena only his sword to protect her, but says that... (full context)
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Remembering Willmore’s threatening group of sailors, Don Pedro concedes. He adds that at least he will no... (full context)
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...masks to see if Lucetta is among them. As the other couples begin to dance, Willmore asks Hellena if she is frightened to marry him; she replies that she feels as... (full context)