Corbaccio’s son. Bonario’s name comes from the Italian word for “good,” and he represents goodness in the play. He is a valiant, morally righteous figure who maintains family values despite being disinherited by his father. Though Mosca attempts to manipulate him, Bonario is able to resist this manipulation more so than other characters in the play, and he courageously rescues Celia from Volpone’s attempted rape. In court, he refuses to lie, and he claims that truth will be his only testimony.
Bonario Quotes in Volpone
The Volpone quotes below are all either spoken by Bonario or refer to Bonario. 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: Note: all page numbers and citation info for the quotes below refer to the Dover Publications edition of Volpone published in 2004.).
Act 3, Scene 2 Quotes
Act 3, Scene 7 Quotes
Act 4, Scene 5 Quotes
Act 4, Scene 6 Quotes
I will conclude with this,
That vicious persons, when they're hot and flesh'd
In impious acts, their constancy abounds:
Damn'd deeds are done with greatest confidence.
Bonario Character Timeline in Volpone
The timeline below shows where the character Bonario appears in Volpone. The colored dots and icons indicate which themes are associated with that appearance.
Act 3, Scene 2
...fortune, but he denies ever doing “base” or bad things for money. In an aside, Bonario remarks that Mosca’s speech can’t just be a “personated passion.” He apologizes again for calling... (full context)
Act 3, Scene 6
Act 3, Scene 7
Act 3, Scene 8
Act 3, Scene 9
...Voltore would inherit an even greater fortune when Volpone dies. He explains that he brought Bonario in to witness Corbaccio naming Volpone heir in the hopes that Bonario would become violent... (full context)
Act 4, Scene 4
Act 4, Scene 5
Four Avocatori (judges) enter the court where Mosca, Voltore, Corbaccio, and Corvino have been talking. Bonario, Celia, the Notario, the Commendatori, and other officers also enter. The Avocatori say that the... (full context)
After some interjections by the surprised Avocatori, Voltore continues his lengthy, verbose speech, accusing Bonario of entering Volpone’s home with the intention of killing Corbaccio and regaining his inheritance. When... (full context)
...testify, but Corbaccio cannot hear well, so he ends up only cursing out and disowning Bonario. Corvino is then called forward. Corvino calls Celia a whore, and says that she wants... (full context)
Act 4, Scene 6
...apologizes at length if she has been dishonorable or offensive in court. The Avocatori ask Bonario and Celia what witnesses they have to their defense, and they say only their consciences... (full context)
...diseased and disabled. Voltore says that he will offer testimony that will silence Celia and Bonario. He points to Volpone and asks the court if the sickly man could possibly have... (full context)
Act 5, Scene 10
Act 5, Scene 12
...the new information provided to them in Voltore’s statement, which appears to exonerate Celia and Bonario. Voltore’s story concedes that Bonario was wronged and that Celia was forced to Volpone’s home... (full context)