The White Devil

by

John Webster

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Gasparo Character Analysis

Gasparo is Lodovico’s best friend. He promises to help Lodovico get his banishment shortened, but he also urges Lodovico to use his time in exile to reflect on his wrongdoing. Later in the play, Gasparo accompanies Lodovico to Padua, where the two men dress as Capuchin monks. While in disguise, Gasparo helps Lodovico to poison Brachiano and to condemn Vittoria, Flamineo and Zanche. For these crimes, Gasparo is ultimately sentenced to be tortured.

Gasparo Quotes in The White Devil

The The White Devil quotes below are all either spoken by Gasparo or refer to Gasparo . 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 1, Scene 1 Quotes

GASPARO:
O my lord,
The law doth sometimes mediate; thinks it good
Not ever to steep violent sins in blood.
This gentle penance may both end your crimes,
And in the example better these bad times.

Related Characters: Gasparo (speaker), Lodovico , Antonelli
Page Number: 8
Explanation and Analysis:
Act 2, Scene 1 Quotes

MONTICELSO:
It is a more direct and even way,
To train to virtue those of princely blood,
By examples than by precepts: if by examples,
Whom should he rather strive to imitate
Than his own father? be his pattern then,
Leave him a stock of virtue that may last,
Should fortune rend his sails, and split his mast.

Related Characters: Monticelso (speaker), Giovanni , Brachiano, Francisco/Mulinassar, Gasparo
Page Number: 33
Explanation and Analysis:
Act 4, Scene 1 Quotes

FRANCISCO:
Oh, the fate of princes!
I am so used to frequent flattery
That, being alone, I now flatter myself.

Page Number: 88
Explanation and Analysis:
Act 5, Scene 3 Quotes

Here, the rest being departed, LODOVICO and GASPARO discover themselves.

LODOVICO:
Devil Brachiano, thou art damn’d.
[…]You that were held the famous politician,
Whose art was poison.

GASPARO:
And whose conscience, murder.

LODOVICO:
That would have broke your wife’s neck down the stairs,
Ere she was poison’d.

GASPARO:
That had your villainous sallets.

LODOVICO:
And fine embroider’d bottles, and perfumes,
Equally mortal with a winter plague.

GASPARO:
Now there ’s mercury—

LODOVICO:
And copperas----

GASPARO:
And quicksilver----

LODOVICO:
With other devilish ’pothecary stuff,
A-melting in your politic brains: dost hear? […]
And thou shalt die like a poor rogue […]
And be forgotten
Before the funeral sermon.

Related Characters: Lodovico (speaker), Gasparo (speaker), Brachiano, Isabella
Related Symbols: Poison
Page Number: 133
Explanation and Analysis:
Act 5, Scene 6 Quotes

VITTORIA:
If Florence be in the court, would he would kill me.

GASPARO:
Fool! Princes give rewards with their own hands,
But death or punishment by the hands of others.

Related Characters: Vittoria (speaker), Gasparo (speaker), Lodovico , Brachiano, Francisco/Mulinassar
Page Number: 158
Explanation and Analysis:

VITTORIA:
Oh, thou art deceived. I am too true a woman:
Conceit can never kill me. I’ll tell thee what,
I will not in my death shed one base tear,
Or if look pale, for want of blood not fear.

Related Characters: Vittoria (speaker), Lodovico , Gasparo , Monticelso
Page Number: 161
Explanation and Analysis:
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Gasparo Character Timeline in The White Devil

The timeline below shows where the character Gasparo appears in The White Devil. The colored dots and icons indicate which themes are associated with that appearance.
Act 1, Scene 1
External Virtue vs. Internal Truth Theme Icon
Class and Corruption Theme Icon
Punishment and Repentance  Theme Icon
...has been banished from Rome. As he laments his bad fortune, his friends Antonelli and Gasparo remind him that he only has himself to blame for this tragic turn: Lodovico has... (full context)
Double Standards of Desire Theme Icon
Class and Corruption Theme Icon
Leading by Example vs. Leading by Force Theme Icon
Punishment and Repentance  Theme Icon
Lodovico wonders why the court chose banishment instead of execution as his punishment, and Gasparo reflects that “this gentle penance may both end your crimes, and in the example better... (full context)
Punishment and Repentance  Theme Icon
Antonelli and Gasparo urge Lodovico to use his time in exile to become a better person. Lodovico agrees,... (full context)
Act 3, Scene 3
Leading by Example vs. Leading by Force Theme Icon
Punishment and Repentance  Theme Icon
...death. Flamineo pretends to mourn the loss, while Lodovico, along with his friends Antonelli and Gasparo, grieve sincerely. Antonelli informs Lodovico that Francisco has restored his citizenship, ending his exile. (full context)
Act 5, Scene 1
External Virtue vs. Internal Truth Theme Icon
...in disguise. Brachiano pays great honor to Mulinassar, and he invites Mulinassar and the monks—actually Gasparo and Lodovico—to store their swords in his chapel. (full context)
Act 5, Scene 3
External Virtue vs. Internal Truth Theme Icon
Class and Corruption Theme Icon
Leading by Example vs. Leading by Force Theme Icon
Lodovico and Gasparo enter, still dressed as Capuchin monks. Flamineo instructs them to administer the extreme unction, and... (full context)
Double Standards of Desire Theme Icon
Class and Corruption Theme Icon
Still dressed as Capuchin monks, Lodovico and Gasparo pretend to give the last rites to Brachiano. But before Brachiano takes his last breath,... (full context)
Act 5, Scene 6
Class and Corruption Theme Icon
Leading by Example vs. Leading by Force Theme Icon
Punishment and Repentance  Theme Icon
Lodovico and Gasparo enter dressed as Capuchin monks, but they quickly show their true identities to Vittoria and... (full context)
Double Standards of Desire Theme Icon
...is “too true a woman” to collapse into panic. Zanche similarly shows her grit, telling Gasparo—who is about to execute her—that her blood is as red as both Vittoria’s and Flamineo’s. (full context)
Leading by Example vs. Leading by Force Theme Icon
Punishment and Repentance  Theme Icon
...mess, and learning of his father’s crimes, Giovanni orders his people to torture Lodovico and Gasparo for having taken the law into their own hands. The play ends as Lodovico accepts... (full context)