'Tis Pity She's a Whore

by

John Ford

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Giovanni Character Analysis

Giovanni is one half of the central couple of the play, along with his sister Annabella. A young man (his name literally means “young man” in Italian) who excelled at school and is very well-read, he is struck by a sexual passion for his sister. At first he is upset by this development, knowing that his feelings violate various social and religious moral codes, and he tries to seek advice from the Friar. Eventually, however, he stops resisting his passion and tells Annabella of his love, which she returns and they in turn proceed to consummate. The situation becomes more and more dire for Giovanni and Annabella as people begin to find out about their relationship, causing Giovanni to become more and more desperate. Eventually his lustful passion turns to bloodlust, and he kills Annabella in order to try to save her reputation. He carries her heart on a dagger into a feast for her new husband Soranzo’s birthday. With this action, he breaks their father Florio’s heart (causing him to die), and then quickly kills Soranzo, thereby ensuring his own death. Thus Giovanni becomes a prime example of a character who is caught between his desire (whether for his sister or for revenge) and his social duties. Ultimately, his passions lead to his own destruction when he is killed by Vasquez and the Banditti to avenge Soranzo.

Giovanni Quotes in 'Tis Pity She's a Whore

The 'Tis Pity She's a Whore quotes below are all either spoken by Giovanni or refer to Giovanni. 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.
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Act 1, Scene 2 Quotes

Oh, that it were not in religion sin
To make our love a god and worship it!

Related Characters: Giovanni (speaker), Annabella
Related Symbols: The Golden Calf
Page Number: 1.2.145-146
Explanation and Analysis:

On my knees,
Brother, even by our mother’s dust I charge you,
Do not betray me to your mirth or hate:
Love me, or kill me, brother.

Related Characters: Annabella (speaker), Giovanni
Related Symbols: Swords and daggers
Page Number: 1.2.247-250
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Act 2, Scene 1 Quotes

Nay, what a paradise of joy have you passed under! Why, now I commend thee, charge. Fear nothing, sweetheart. What, though he be your brother? Your brother’s a man, I hope; and I say still, if a young wench feel the fit upon her, let her take anybody: father or brother, all is one.

Related Characters: Puttana (speaker), Giovanni, Annabella
Page Number: 2.1.41-45
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
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Act 3, Scene 2 Quotes

Yet know –
Thus far I give you comfort – if mine eyes
Could have picked out a man, amongst all those
That sued to me, to make a husband of,
You should have been that man.

Related Characters: Annabella (speaker), Giovanni, Soranzo
Page Number: 3.2.49-53
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 4, Scene 3 Quotes

Yet will I not forget what I should be,
And what I am: a husband. In that name
Is hid divinity. If I do find
That thou wilt yet be true, here I remit
All former faults, and take thee to my bosom.

Related Characters: Soranzo (speaker), Giovanni, Annabella, Vasquez
Page Number: 4.3.135-139.
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:
Act 5, Scene 2 Quotes

VASQUEZ: Let not your pity betray you till my coming back:
Think upon incest and cuckoldry.
SORANZO: Revenge is all the ambition I aspire;
To that I’ll climb or fall. My blood’s on fire!

Related Characters: Soranzo (speaker), Vasquez (speaker), Giovanni, Annabella
Page Number: 5.2.22-25
Explanation and Analysis:
Act 5, Scene 5 Quotes

Kiss me. If ever after-times should hear
Of our fast-knit affections, though perhaps
The laws of conscience and of civil use
May justly blame us, yet when they but know
Our loves, that love will wipe away that rigour
which would in other incests be abhorred.

Related Characters: Giovanni (speaker), Annabella
Page Number: 5.5.68-73
Explanation and Analysis:

ANNABELLA: What means this?
GIOVANNI: To save thy fame, and kill thee in a kiss.
Stabs her [as they kiss].
Thus die, and die by me, and by my hand.
Revenge is mine, honour doth love command.

Related Characters: Giovanni (speaker), Annabella
Related Symbols: Swords and daggers
Page Number: 5.5.84-87
Explanation and Analysis:
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Giovanni Character Timeline in 'Tis Pity She's a Whore

The timeline below shows where the character Giovanni 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... (full context)
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Giovanni asks the Friar if Giovanni is not allowed to love as all other men do.... (full context)
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The Friar laments that Giovanni had such a strong reputation when he was at school, so much so that the... (full context)
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The Friar once more tries to counsel Giovanni to kneel, pray, grovel, and beg for forgiveness for seven full days. He tells Giovanni... (full context)
Act 1, Scene 2
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At that moment, Giovanni enters below. Annabella, who cannot fully make out who it is, says that the man... (full context)
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Giovanni, meanwhile, is crying about how he seems unable to rid himself of the love he... (full context)
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Annabella and Puttana reenter, and Annabella asks Giovanni if he will tell her what is wrong. They dismiss Puttana and Giovanni asks Annabella... (full context)
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Giovanni offers Annabella his dagger and asks her to stab him to see what is in... (full context)
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Giovanni tries to quell Annabella’s fears, arguing that it makes sense for siblings to love each... (full context)
Act 1, Scene 3
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...someone against her will. He reasons that he only has two children, and that because Giovanni seems so devoted to his studies, Florio doubts he is healthy. Thus, his hopes for... (full context)
Act 2, Scene 1
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Some time later, Giovanni and Annabella reenter from their bedchamber. He tells her not to blush with modesty, but... (full context)
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Giovanni wonders why it is said that one “loses” one’s virginity, when nothing is actually lost... (full context)
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Giovanni worries that Annabella will have to marry someone else. She swears that she will marry... (full context)
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Puttana enters, seeming already to know that Annabella has lost her virginity to Giovanni. Puttana tells her not to be ashamed that they are siblings, because Giovanni is a... (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... (full context)
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Giovanni argues that he learned in school that the composition of the mind was related to... (full context)
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The Friar tells Giovanni that if there were no God, no Heaven, and no Hell, Giovanni might have some... (full context)
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The Friar, seeing how futile it is to try to persuade Giovanni from his sin, instead tries to persuade him to marry Annabella. Giovanni disagrees, saying that... (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 the Friar. Florio comments... (full context)
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...mother gave her, which she is meant to give to her husband. Annabella says that Giovanni took it from her that morning. (full context)
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...her to keep the jewel in anticipation of her marriage. Donado, Bergetto, and Poggio exit. Giovanni enters, and Florio asks where he has been, describing how Annabella got rid of her... (full context)
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Giovanni asks Annabella whose ring she has. She jokes that “a lusty youth” (Donado) gave it... (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 been... (full context)
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...her if she believes him, and she says that she doesn’t have to believe him. Giovanni enters on the balcony above to listen in. (full context)
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...Soranzo begins a series of metaphors explaining his love for her, which she wittily rebuts. Giovanni is pleased, but Soranzo believes that she is mocking his love. He tells her that... (full context)
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...to marry, she would have married Soranzo, but she has no interest in doing so. Giovanni is assured that Annabella loves him. Annabella adds a final word: that if she has... (full context)
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Annabella suddenly falls ill and starts to faint, and Giovanni immediately exits the balcony to come down. Soranzo calls for help within the house. Florio,... (full context)
Act 3, Scene 3
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Puttana and Giovanni are outside Annabella’s chambers. Puttana is in great distress, saying that Annabella is undone. Giovanni... (full context)
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Giovanni asks how Annabella’s condition is. Puttana says that she is fine, but that this fainting... (full context)
Act 3, Scene 4
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At that moment, Giovanni and the Friar enter. Giovanni explains that he called on the Friar so that he... (full context)
Act 3, Scene 6
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...a terrifying description of Hell and goes on to say that she would rather that Giovanni’s kisses were daggers than go to Hell. (full context)
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Florio and Giovanni enter. The Friar asks if Soranzo has come, and Florio says that he is waiting... (full context)
Act 4, Scene 1
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Not everyone shares in the joy of the feast. Giovanni says he would prefer ten thousand deaths to watching Annabella marry another man. Donado is... (full context)
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...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 begins in blood... (full context)
Act 4, Scene 3
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...her if she confesses. He assures her that he will. She admits that it was Giovanni. (full context)
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As soon as Puttana says Giovanni’s name, Vasquez calls on the Banditti (a gang of Italian outlaws and robbers). He tells... (full context)
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...information, and that it is so damning. He starts to leave to tell Soranzo, but Giovanni enters, looking for Annabella. Vasquez tells him that she is in her chamber and that... (full context)
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Soranzo enters after Giovanni leaves. Soranzo tells Vasquez that he dealt with Annabella gently. Vasquez asks for privacy in... (full context)
Act 5, Scene 1
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...below. She reveals her hope that only she is punished for her sins, and not Giovanni. She goes on to describe how the Friar told her many times that she was... (full context)
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...reveals himself. She gives her letter to him and tells him to give it to Giovanni and command him to repent. She also wants the Friar to tell him that she... (full context)
Act 5, Scene 2
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...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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Giovanni enters in a good mood, musing that he thought his and Annabella’s love would die... (full context)
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The Friar enters, bearing Annabella’s letter. Giovanni reads it and turns cold. The letter is written in Annabella’s blood, and she writes... (full context)
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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.... (full context)
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The Friar asks Giovanni if he actually intends to go. Giovanni is resolute, telling the Friar that he will... (full context)
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Giovanni, once again alone, begins to formulate a plot. He asks for the courage to have... (full context)
Act 5, Scene 4
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...and reminds Soranzo of all the wrongs that have been done to him by Annabella, Giovanni, and Hippolita. He tells Soranzo to let Giovanni have Annabella once more so that he... (full context)
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Giovanni enters and Soranzo welcomes him. Giovanni asks how Annabella is, and Soranzo tells him that... (full context)
Act 5, Scene 5
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The action jumps to Annabella’s chamber, where Annabella and Giovanni are lying on the bed. He asks why she has repented, wondering if Soranzo is... (full context)
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Giovanni tells her that philosophers teach that someday the Earth shall turn to ash in a... (full context)
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Giovanni and Annabella share a kiss, and Giovanni tells her that in the future he hopes... (full context)
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Giovanni asks for one more kiss and draws a dagger. As they kiss, he stabs Annabella... (full context)
Act 5, Scene 6
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...Vasquez are taking their places at the table. They begin to eat, and Soranzo realizes Giovanni’s absence and asks where he is. Giovanni enters with a heart on his dagger. Giovanni... (full context)
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Florio asks if Giovanni is crazy. Giovanni confesses that he is indeed mad, and tells his father how much... (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... (full context)
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Vasquez says that he can no longer stand by and watch. He launches at Giovanni, and they fight. Vasquez wounds Giovanni, stabbing him again and again. Seeing that Giovanni is... (full context)
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Soranzo, barely alive, says he is pleased to see his wrongs avenged on Giovanni. He tells Vasquez not to let Giovanni live, and then dies. Giovanni thanks Vasquez for... (full context)
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...Cardinal of Puttana, and says that he blinded her and kept her alive to confirm Giovanni’s story. The Cardinal tells him to take her outside the city and burn her. Donado... (full context)