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Every Man in his Humours- Ben Jonson- Act V

Updated: Aug 14, 2021

Act V

Kitley, his wife, Cob, his wife, Old Knowell and Cash go to Justice Clement’s home. Clement is enquiring about the false information that Roger Formal has said. He then asks Kitely and Dame Kitely to speak out. With this, they get cleared that it’s a trick played by Wellbred. Downright, Stephen, Bobadil, and Brainworm appear. All the tricks played are brought to light. Stephen says that Downright is falsely accusing him of theft. Bobadil accuses that Downright has spoiled his honor. Brainworm removes his disguise and says that all these are the tricks played by Wellbred as a distraction to marry Bridget and Edward in the Tower. Justice Clement out of happiness asks Brainworm to go bring the couple to his place.

Drunken Roger Formal arrives finally from the tavern. Wellbred, Bridget, Edward, and Brainworm also reach Justice Clement’s home. Clement welcomes them. He gets the idea of each and everyone under his roof. He asks Stephen to give back Downright’s cloak. He asks Mathew for his verses and finds them plagiarised and so he burns them to purify. He then asks Downright to control his anger, Old Knowell his care, and Mr. and Mrs. Kitely their jealousy. He also asks Tib and Cob to be reconciled and announces a feast on behalf of Edward and Bridget’s marriage. He also says that Mathew and Bobadil are not invited for their false behaviors and that the night is dedicated to friendship, love, and laughter.

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