Volpone - Study Guide Act 2, Scenes 2 and 3 Summary & Analysis

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Mosca and Nano arrive on the scene in disguise. They are serving as scouts for Volpone. Sir Politic identifies the arriving group as a group following a mountebank, a medicine show man. Sir Politic describes mountebanks as wise men. Peregrine disagrees and says he heard they were quacks.

Volpone is then introduced as a famous mountebank, Scoto of Manuta. Volpone begins hocking his ointment and offers it at a high price. Volpone says it will cure all types of ailments, and then offers a prize to the first person who throws him a handkerchief. Celia, who has been watching from her window, throws hers down, and Volpone offers her a powder that preserves youth.

Corvino happens upon the exchange in Scene 3 and is furious to see Volpone peddling at his window. Corvino beats Volpone and the group away. When Sir Politic sees the...

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