The White Devil


John Webster

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Conjurer Character Analysis

Brachiano hires the conjurer, alongside Doctor Julio and Christophero, to ensure that the murders of Isabella and Camillo go off without a hitch. The conjurer is proud of his craft; he laments that many people advertise themselves as conjurers or necromancers without having the skills to back it up. In addition to showing Brachiano “dumb shows” (or pantomimes) of the murders to come, the conjurer also reveals that Lodovico is in love with Isabella.

Conjurer Quotes in The White Devil

The The White Devil quotes below are all either spoken by Conjurer or refer to Conjurer . 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:
External Virtue vs. Internal Truth Theme Icon
Act 2, Scene 2 Quotes

Both flowers and weeds spring when the sun is warm,
And great men do great good or else great harm.

Related Characters: Conjurer (speaker), Brachiano
Related Symbols: Trees
Page Number: 52
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Conjurer Character Timeline in The White Devil

The timeline below shows where the character Conjurer appears in The White Devil. The colored dots and icons indicate which themes are associated with that appearance.
Act 2, Scene 2
External Virtue vs. Internal Truth Theme Icon
Class and Corruption Theme Icon
At exactly midnight, Brachiano meets in his home with a conjurer to plot out the mechanics of Isabella and Camillo’s deaths. The conjurer explains that though... (full context)
External Virtue vs. Internal Truth Theme Icon
Punishment and Repentance  Theme Icon
The dumb show ends, and the conjurer explains that Isabella always kisses her picture of Brachiano before she falls asleep—so poisoning the... (full context)
Double Standards of Desire Theme Icon
Leading by Example vs. Leading by Force Theme Icon
...breaks his neck and makes it look like an accident that the horse caused. The conjurer tells Brachiano that both Flamineo and “the virtuous Marcello” are in on this plot. Satisfied,... (full context)