'Tis Pity She's a Whore

by

John Ford

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Friar Character Analysis

Giovanni’s tutor and confessor. He counsels Giovanni and Annabella against their relationship, but when he sees that Giovanni is beyond rescuing, he instead tries to convince him to marry his sister. He helps Annabella repent for her sins, then marries her to Soranzo. Unlike the corrupt Cardinal, who seems more invested in wealth and power than in moral justice, the Friar serves as the religious and moral center of the play.

Friar Quotes in 'Tis Pity She's a Whore

The 'Tis Pity She's a Whore quotes below are all either spoken by Friar or refer to Friar. 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 1 Quotes

O Giovanni, hast thou left the schools
Of knowledge to converse with Lust and Death?
For Death waits on thy lust. Look through the world,
And thou shalt see a thousand faces shine
More glorious than this idol thou ador’st.

Related Characters: Friar (speaker), Giovanni, Annabella
Page Number: 1.1.57-61
Explanation and Analysis:

All this I’ll do to free me from the rod
Of vengeance; else I’ll swear my fate’s my god.

Related Characters: Giovanni (speaker), Annabella, Friar
Page Number: 1.1.84-85.
Explanation and Analysis:
Act 2, Scene 5 Quotes

Marriage? Why, that’s to damn her; that’s to prove
Her greedy of variety of lust.

Related Characters: Giovanni (speaker), Annabella, Friar
Page Number: 2.5.41-42
Explanation and Analysis:
Act 3, Scene 4 Quotes

‘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 6 Quotes

There stands these wretched things,
Who have dreamt out whole years in lawless sheets
And secret incests, cursing one another.
Then you will wish each kiss your brother gave
Had been a dagger’s point.

Related Characters: Friar (speaker), Giovanni, Annabella
Related Symbols: Swords and daggers
Page Number: 3.6.24-30
Explanation and Analysis:
Act 5, Scene 1 Quotes

My conscience now stands up against my lust
With depositions charactered in guilt,
And tells me I am lost.

Related Characters: Annabella (speaker), Giovanni, Friar
Page Number: 5.1.6-10.
Explanation and Analysis:
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Friar Character Timeline in 'Tis Pity She's a Whore

The timeline below shows where the character Friar appears in 'Tis Pity She's a Whore. The colored dots and icons indicate which themes are associated with that appearance.
Act 1, Scene 1
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In the city of Parma, Giovanni and the Friar enter, arguing. The Friar asks Giovanni not to continue the argument that they’ve been having,... (full context)
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Giovanni asks the Friar if Giovanni is not allowed to love as all other men do. Giovanni states that... (full context)
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The Friar laments that Giovanni had such a strong reputation when he was at school, so much... (full context)
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The Friar once more tries to counsel Giovanni to kneel, pray, grovel, and beg for forgiveness for... (full context)
Act 2, Scene 5
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Later that same day, Giovanni returns to the Friar and confesses what he and Annabella have done. The Friar tells him that he has... (full context)
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The Friar tells Giovanni that if there were no God, no Heaven, and no Hell, Giovanni might... (full context)
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The Friar, seeing how futile it is to try to persuade Giovanni from his sin, instead tries... (full context)
Act 2, Scene 6
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...asks Annabella what Giovanni is doing, and Annabella tells him that he has gone to the Friar . Florio comments on how holy the Friar is, and how he hopes that he’ll... (full context)
Act 3, Scene 4
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...He says that she will marry Soranzo and that he will send someone to find the Friar tonight so that they can be married soon. (full context)
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At that moment, Giovanni and the Friar enter. Giovanni explains that he called on the Friar so that he might provide some... (full context)
Act 3, Scene 5
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...enters and tells Grimaldi that Annabella and Soranzo are going to marry tonight in the Friar’s cell. (full context)
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...uncle Donado will prevent the marriage. Richardetto says that they should go early to the Friar’s to be married. (full context)
Act 3, Scene 6
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The scene opens on the Friar and Annabella as she is praying and weeping to him. He says he is glad... (full context)
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Anabella asks if there is any way that she can redeem herself. The Friar says that she must marry Soranzo to save her soul. She agrees to do it. (full context)
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Florio and Giovanni enter. The Friar asks if Soranzo has come, and Florio says that he is waiting downstairs and is... (full context)
Act 4, Scene 1
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...jumps ahead to just after Annabella and Soranzo have been married, at their wedding banquet. The Friar tells them to feast and enjoy the day. Soranzo says that he has been blessed... (full context)
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...at how vile Hippolita was. Soranzo thanks Vasquez for his loyalty and takes Annabella home. The Friar remarks to Giovanni that what has transpired is very worrisome, since a marriage feast that... (full context)
Act 5, Scene 1
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...will tell her woeful tragedy in the future. She admits how guilty she is, and the Friar enters unseen, below. She reveals her hope that only she is punished for her sins,... (full context)
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The Friar is moved by Annabella’s honest and free confession, and when she reveals her hope that... (full context)
Act 5, Scene 3
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The Friar enters, bearing Annabella’s letter. Giovanni reads it and turns cold. The letter is written in... (full context)
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The Friar asks Giovanni if he actually intends to go. Giovanni is resolute, telling the Friar that... (full context)