'Tis Pity She's a Whore

by

John Ford

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Florio Character Analysis

Annabella and Giovanni’s father. A wealthy merchant, Florio is defined most by his love for his children. He worries that Giovanni is too bookish and wants Annabella to be able to marry for love. He allows Soranzo, Grimaldi, and Bergetto to talk with his daughter and says that he will defer to her choice. When she grows ill, he hires a doctor to come to the house and ensure her health. Florio doesn’t do anything wrong in the play, but nevertheless becomes a casualty of other characters’ passions. When Giovanni reveals his and Annabella’s incestuous relationship and cofesses that he has killed her, Florio is overcome by heartbreak and dies.

Florio Quotes in 'Tis Pity She's a Whore

The 'Tis Pity She's a Whore quotes below are all either spoken by Florio or refer to Florio. 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

I would not, for my wealth, my daughter’s love
Should cause the spilling of one drop of blood.

Related Characters: Florio (speaker), Annabella, Soranzo, Vasquez, Grimaldi
Related Symbols: The Golden Calf
Page Number: 1.2.60-61
Explanation and Analysis:
Act 3, Scene 4 Quotes

RICHARDETTO: Her sickness is a fullness of her blood –
You understand me?
FLORIO: I do – you counsel well –
And once within these few days will so order’t
She shall be married, ere she know the time.

Related Characters: Florio (speaker), Richardetto (speaker), Annabella, Soranzo
Page Number: 3.4.8-11
Explanation and Analysis:

‘Twas well done, Giovanni: thou herein
Hast shown a Christian’s care, a brother’s love.

Related Characters: Florio (speaker), Giovanni, Annabella, Friar
Page Number: 3.4.32-33
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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Florio Character Timeline in 'Tis Pity She's a Whore

The timeline below shows where the character Florio 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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The second scene opens on Grimaldi and Vasquez in front of Florio’s house. Vasquez has his sword drawn, challenging Grimaldi to fight him. Grimaldi taunts Vasquez, saying... (full context)
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Florio, Donado, and Soranzo come upon Grimaldi and Vasquez as they fight. Florio asks for an... (full context)
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Florio asks what the cause of the argument is as Annabella and Puttana enter on the... (full context)
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Florio questions Soranzo’s actions, stating that Soranzo already has Annabella’s heart and so he should not... (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... (full context)
Act 2, Scene 1
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Florio calls from outside, and Annabella pretends to be working at her needlework. He commends her... (full context)
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...and beauty, and that he has brought his niece Philotis to play music for her. Florio welcomes the two of them to the house, and comments that his daughter has not... (full context)
Act 2, Scene 3
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...knows whether the marriage plans between Annabella and Soranzo have progressed. She tells him that Florio intends to give his daughter to Soranzo, but that Annabella doesn’t seem to have affection... (full context)
Act 2, Scene 6
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Meanwhile, Florio asks Annabella what Giovanni is doing, and Annabella tells him that he has gone to... (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... (full context)
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Florio ignores Annabella’s explanation of her ring’s disappearance and returns to asking what she thinks of... (full context)
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Donado, who continues to be amazed at Bergetto’s stupidity, thanks Florio for allowing his nephew to try to woo Annabella. Donado tells her to keep the... (full context)
Act 3, Scene 2
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Florio, Giovanni, Annabella, Puttana, Soranzo, and Vasquez are all gathered. Florio says that although there have... (full context)
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...Giovanni immediately exits the balcony to come down. Soranzo calls for help within the house. Florio, Giovanni, and Puttana enter. Giovanni takes her in his arms and asks her how she... (full context)
Act 3, Scene 3
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...to happen. He tells Puttana not to let the doctor visit Annabella and to tell Florio that it was only food poisoning. Giovanni asks Puttana to make some excuse for him... (full context)
Act 3, Scene 4
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Florio and Richardetto (still disguised as a doctor) enter. Florio asks how the doctor finds Annabella,... (full context)
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Florio resolves to have Annabella married at once to cure her of this sickness. He says... (full context)
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...that he called on the Friar so that he might provide some comfort to Annabella. Florio commends him on his “Christian’s care” and “brother’s love.” Florio asks the Friar to persuade... (full context)
Act 3, Scene 6
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Florio and Giovanni enter. The Friar asks if Soranzo has come, and Florio says that he... (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... (full context)
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...further. They reveal that the person was a soldier who was a suitor to Annabella. Florio realizes that it was Grimaldi. (full context)
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...into the Pope’s protection for his offence. He says that Grimaldi is nobly born, though Florio thought him too low for Annabella. He tells the men to learn more judgement and... (full context)
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Donado is appalled by the Cardinal’s words and asks where justice is. Florio tells Donado that although these great men do what they want, Heaven will eventually judge... (full context)
Act 4, Scene 1
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...watching Annabella marry another man. Donado is also still grieving at his nephew’s death, and Florio urges him to drown his sorrows in wine. Soranzo toasts to Giovanni, his new brother,... (full context)
Act 4, Scene 3
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...sweet death to die for love. He points his sword at her and asks if Florio knows. She swears that he does not. Soranzo asks a final time if she will... (full context)
Act 5, Scene 2
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...are. Soranzo commands Vasquez to invite the dignitaries of Parma to his birthday feast, including Florio and Giovanni. He confesses that his blood is boiling with a need for revenge. (full context)
Act 5, Scene 3
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Vasquez enters and invites Giovanni to Soranzo’s birthday feast, telling him that Florio will also attend. Giovanni agrees to come. Vasquez questions him several times, but each time... (full context)
Act 5, Scene 4
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...tells 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... (full context)
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Florio asks if Giovanni is crazy. Giovanni confesses that he is indeed mad, and tells his... (full context)
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Vasquez returns and confirms that Giovanni is telling the truth. Florio dies in shock. The Cardinal berates Giovanni for breaking his father’s heart. Soranzo asks Giovanni... (full context)