Claire cycles through three husbands over the course of the play. She arrives to Güllen with her seventh husband in tow, but promptly abandons him to marry a German film star in Güllen’s cathedral, as per her childhood wish. Not a day later, she divorces the star and prepares to marry a Nobel Prize recipient. Like everyone else in Claire’s entourage, the trio receive rhyming names; they are Moby, Hoby, and Zoby, respectively. Stage directions for the play indicate that the same actor can play the three roles, which only underscores Claire’s view of her husbands as interchangeable and indistinct.
The timeline below shows where the character Husbands VII-IX appears in The Visit. The colored dots and icons indicate which themes are associated with that appearance.
...she is grotesque. She begins to detrain with her entourage, including her Butler and her Husband VII , but is stopped by an irate Train Supervisor demanding that she offer an explanation... (full context)
...requests on guitar. Claire contemplates her upcoming wedding, not a week after her divorce from Moby. This leads her to recall her former husbands. She expresses particular admiration for her first... (full context)