The Visit


Friedrich Dürrenmatt

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Koby and Loby Character Analysis

Formerly Jakob Duckling and Walter Perch, these are the men whom Ill bribed to defame Claire at her paternity trial by falsely claiming that they had slept with her. Years later, a wealthy Claire hunted the men down (Mr. Duckling in Canada and Mr. Perch in Australia), and bid Roby and Toby to castrate and blind them. The pair travels with Claire’s entourage throughout the play, until Claire tires of them in Act III and sends them away to Hong Kong.
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Koby and Loby Character Timeline in The Visit

The timeline below shows where the character Koby and Loby appears in The Visit. The colored dots and icons indicate which themes are associated with that appearance.
Act 1
Justice, Morality, and Money Theme Icon
...and a caged black panther. Claire has also brought along two small, blind eunuchs named Koby and Loby, who repeat everything they say at least twice. The Mayor dismisses the men,... (full context)
Justice, Morality, and Money Theme Icon
...leading an unwitting Boby to decide in his favor. These witnesses were none other than Koby and Loby, then Jakob Duckling and Walter Perch. The odd pair step forward and confess... (full context)
Act 3
Love and Prostitution Theme Icon
...Claire is also in the woods, together with her new (ninth) husband and entourage (minus Koby and Loby, whom she shipped off to Hong Kong when they started to bother her).... (full context)