'Tis Pity She's a Whore

by

John Ford

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Donado Character Analysis

Florio’s friend and Bergetto’s uncle. He spends most of the play trying to win Annabella for his nephew but acknowledges that Bergetto is too much of an idiot to succeed. When his nephew is accidentally killed by Grimaldi, he seeks justice but is unable to find any within the church, where the corrupt Cardinal protects Grimaldi.

Donado Quotes in 'Tis Pity She's a Whore

The 'Tis Pity She's a Whore quotes below are all either spoken by Donado or refer to Donado. 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 numbers and citation info for the quotes below refer to the Penguin Publishers edition of 'Tis Pity She's a Whore published in 2014.
Act 1, Scene 2 Quotes

The rich magnifico that is below with your father, charge, Signor Donado his uncle, for that he means to make this his cousin a golden calf, thinks that you will be a right Israelite and fall down to him presently; but I hope I have tutored you better.

Related Characters: Puttana (speaker), Annabella, Donado, Bergetto
Related Symbols: The Golden Calf
Page Number: 1.2.118-122
Explanation and Analysis:
Act 3, Scene 9 Quotes

DONADO: Is this a churchman’s voice? Dwells Justice here?
FLORIO: Justice is fled to heaven and comes no nearer.
[…]
FLORIO: Come, come, Donado, there’s no help in this,
When cardinals think murder’s not amiss.
Great men may do their wills; we must obey.
But heaven will judge them for’t another day.

Related Characters: Florio (speaker), Donado (speaker), Bergetto, Grimaldi, The Cardinal
Page Number: 3.9.93-97
Explanation and Analysis:
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Donado Character Timeline in 'Tis Pity She's a Whore

The timeline below shows where the character Donado appears in 'Tis Pity She's a Whore. The colored dots and icons indicate which themes are associated with that appearance.
Act 1, Scene 2
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Florio, Donado, and Soranzo come upon Grimaldi and Vasquez as they fight. Florio asks for an explanation... (full context)
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...would not want anyone’s blood to be spilt over the love of his daughter. Florio, Donado, Soranzo, and Vasquez exit. (full context)
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Annabella and Puttana remark on how idiotic Bergetto is. Puttana tells her that Bergetto’s uncle, Donado, means to make Bergetto a golden calf to her in the hopes that Annabella will... (full context)
Act 1, Scene 3
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Florio and Donado enter. Florio tells Donado that he will not force Annabella to marry someone against her... (full context)
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Donado worries that Bergetto is such a dunce that he won’t be able to woo Annabella,... (full context)
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Bergetto says that he spoke with Annabella and made her laugh heartily. Donado asks what he said, and Poggio explains that Bergetto said he loved Annabella almost as... (full context)
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Donado shakes his head at Bergetto’s hopelessness and resolves that the three of them should return... (full context)
Act 2, Scene 4
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The action cuts to Donado, Bergetto, and Poggio, carrying the letter Donado wrote to Annabella on Bergetto’s behalf. Donado says... (full context)
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Donado asks to hear Bergetto’s letter. Bergetto cannot read his own handwriting and so he asks... (full context)
Act 2, Scene 6
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Donado enters and presents the letter he wrote for Annabella on Bergetto’s behalf as well as... (full context)
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Annabella reads the letter at Florio and Donado’s insistence. She returns the jewel she was given, saying that she counts Bergetto’s love as... (full context)
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...that she will not raise his fortunes much and that he should find someone worthier. Donado is appreciative of her frankness and confirms that he and Florio will still be friends. (full context)
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Donado, who continues to be amazed at Bergetto’s stupidity, thanks Florio for allowing his nephew to... (full context)
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Giovanni asks Annabella whose ring she has. She jokes that “a lusty youth” (Donado) gave it to her. Giovanni tells her she must not wear it and that she... (full context)
Act 3, Scene 1
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Bergetto and Poggio discuss Bergetto’s newfound love, saying that his uncle Donado no longer has any right to think of him as a child. They recount how... (full context)
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...Bergetto describes how his courage is beginning to rise, and that he is unafraid of Donado’s reaction. (full context)
Act 3, Scene 5
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...to love him, and that he wants to marry tonight for fear that his uncle Donado will prevent the marriage. Richardetto says that they should go early to the Friar’s to... (full context)
Act 3, Scene 9
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Florio, Donado, Richardetto, Poggio, and the officers enter, discussing Bergetto’s death. Florio urges Donado to seek justice.... (full context)
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...scolds them for coming to his door at such a late hour. When he sees Donado, he realizes that they have come to address Grimaldi for slaying Bergetto. (full context)
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Donado is appalled by the Cardinal’s words and asks where justice is. Florio tells Donado that... (full context)
Act 4, Scene 1
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...feast. Giovanni says he would prefer ten thousand deaths to watching Annabella marry another man. Donado is also still grieving at his nephew’s death, and Florio urges him to drown his... (full context)
Act 5, Scene 4
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...Giovanni to go to Annabella’s chamber and Giovanni exits to get her. The Cardinal, Florio, Donado, and Richardetto enter. Soranzo greets each of them and invites them in. (full context)
Act 5, Scene 6
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The play jumps back to Soranzo’s birthday feast, where the Cardinal, Florio, Donado, Soranzo, Richardetto, and Vasquez are taking their places at the table. They begin to eat,... (full context)
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Donado and the Cardinal worry that they will be murdered as well. Vasquez assures them that... (full context)
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...Giovanni’s story. The Cardinal tells him to take her outside the city and burn her. Donado concurs that this verdict is just. Vasquez then asks what should become of him. The... (full context)