'Tis a Pity She's a Whore

'Tis a Pity She's a Whore

JohnFord / Jan 17, 2020

Tis a Pity She s a Whore Hippolita Tis she Be not amaz d nor blush young lovely bride I come not to defraud you of your man Tis now no time to reckon up the talk what Parma long hath rumour d of us both Let rash report run

  • Title: 'Tis a Pity She's a Whore
  • Author: JohnFord
  • ISBN: 9781854591692
  • Page: 270
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  • Hippolita Tis she Be not amaz d nor blush, young lovely bride, I come not to defraud you of your man Tis now no time to reckon up the talk what Parma long hath rumour d of us both Let rash report run on the breath that vents it Will, like a bubble, break itself at last.The tragic story of incestuous love between Giovanni and his sister Annabella When Annabella isHippolita Tis she Be not amaz d nor blush, young lovely bride, I come not to defraud you of your man Tis now no time to reckon up the talk what Parma long hath rumour d of us both Let rash report run on the breath that vents it Will, like a bubble, break itself at last.The tragic story of incestuous love between Giovanni and his sister Annabella When Annabella is found to be pregnant by her brother, she agrees to marry her suitor Soranzo But when the lovers incestuous secret is discovered, vengeance and bloody murder follow.

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        John Ford baptised 17 April 1586 c 1640 was an English Jacobean and Caroline playwright and poet born in Ilsington in Devon in 1586.Ford left home to study in London, although specific details are unclear a sixteen year old John Ford of Devon was admitted to Exeter College, Oxford on 26 March 1601, but this was when the dramatist had not yet reached his sixteenth birthday He joined an institution that was a prestigious law school but also a centre of literary and dramatic activity the Middle Temple A prominent junior member in 1601 was the playwright John Marston It is unknown whether Ford ever actually studied law while a resident of the Middle Temple, or whether he was strictly a gentleman boarder, which was a common arrangement at the time It was not until 1606 that Ford wrote his first works for publication In the spring of that year he was expelled from Middle Temple, due to his financial problems, and Fame s Memorial and Honour Triumphant soon followed Both works are clear bids for patronage Fame s Memorial is an elegy of 1169 lines on the recently deceased Charles Blount, 1st Earl of Devonshire, while Honour Triumphant is a prose pamphlet, a verbal fantasia written in connection with the jousts planned for the summer 1606 visit of King Christian IV of Denmark It is unknown whether either of these brought any financial remuneration to Ford yet by June 1608 he had enough money to be readmitted to the Middle Temple.Prior to the start of his career as a playwright, Ford wrote other non dramatic literary works the long religious poem Christ s Bloody Sweat 1613 , and two prose essays published as pamphlets, The Golden Mean 1613 and A Line of Life 1620 After 1620 he began active dramatic writing, first as a collaborator with experienced playwrights primarily Thomas Dekker, but also John Webster and William Rowley and by the later 1620s as a solo artist.Ford is best known for the tragedy Tis Pity She s a Whore 1633 , a family drama with a plot line of incest The play s title has often been changed in new productions, sometimes being referred to as simply Giovanni and Annabella the play s leading, incestuous brother and sister characters in a nineteenth century work it is coyly called The Brother and Sister Shocking as the play is, it is still widely regarded as a classic piece of English drama.He was a major playwright during the reign of Charles I His plays deal with conflicts between individual passion and conscience and the laws and morals of society at large Ford had a strong interest in abnormal psychology that is expressed through his dramas His plays often show the influence of Robert Burton s The Anatomy of Melancholy.


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    1. While the theme of incestuous love is teased at in John Webster’s The Dulcess of Malfi, the controversial Tis Pity She’s a Whore smacks the Jacobean Theater audience with a brother-sister love. While the play outwardly condemns the abhorrent taboo with the presence of church leaders to provide moral and ethical authority figures, Ford challenges the audience his audience with his juxtaposition of this otherwise-romantic love between Giovanni and Annabella with the normal yet abhorrent relati [...]



    2. This is one of the most disturbing plays from an era of disturbing plays. The title is not accurate. She isn't, you know, but her lust for her brother is beyond control and so is his for her. Around the edges of the paly is the suggestion that everything would be fine if people would just leave them alone. Unfortunately, readers are so focused on the incestous theme and the great set piece at the end of the story, that few notice that the play is very much about property matters. Could the inces [...]


    3. I have such mixed feelings about this play I need to see it live to see if my hatred for Giovanni is justified and if some of the decisions feel as forced.


    4. I suppose this is cheating as I went to see this last night at The Globe's indoor theatre (having read it many years ago), but since the production was very text focussed -and after all it is drama, I feel I can justify it! Published in 1633, the play is a direct, often humorous and finally bloody tragedy. Annabel is an eligible virgin of marriageable age who has many suitors vying for her hand: a well connected soldier, and eligible bachelor and a young blustering fool. Unfortunately when her b [...]



    5. From BBC Radio 3 - Drama on 3:Compassionate and disturbing, John Ford's great story of doomed love between a brother and sister in this new, visceral production for radio, intercut with the music of Jimi Hendrix and Nick Cave.Annabella Jessie Buckley,Giovanni Damien MolonySignor Florio Niall Buggy, Putana Fenella Woolgar, Friar Bonaventura Oliver Cotton. Lord Soranzo Matthew Pidgeon, Vasques Enzo Cilenti, Hippolita Indira Varma.Grimaldi Gary Duncan, Cardinal Neil McCaul, Officer Adam [...]



    6. One of the great plays of the era with a very good introduction. About that introduction: It showed me much I had not considered, but barely mentions issues of property and inheritance. I think this drives the story and certainly drives the ending more that Dr. Wiggins realizes, so that is a loss. Four stars for the introduction and five for the play, which puts the score at much closer to four stars than five. DO NOT use these comments as an excuse to skip the introduction which is excellent fo [...]



    7. This play breaks lots of barriers- move over Duchess of Malfi, there's a werewolf in town!A must read. Now that I've read it, it's a must see. If a production of this comes to the area, I'm there.



    8. I actually screamed "WHAT THE FUCK GIOVANNI" during Act 5 Scene 5. DAMN. What an emotional roller coaster.


    9. I hadn’t planned on reading ’Tis Pity She’s A Whore when I saw Elizabeth’s review, though I enjoyed the resulting thread. In fact, at first I thought it was about a new book by this John Ford. The title certainly sounded like something he would write. But Fate had other plans when she revealed an Italian film version of it while I was browsing on Netflix. I figured I hadn’t much to lose in devoting a couple of hours to reading the play and watching the movie.Though this isn’t “Roge [...]


    10. I read this play for my Shakespeare's Rivals course at the Newberry Library in Chicago. This was easily one of my favorite courses in college, not only because of the location, professor, resources, etc, but also because of the subject matter. The way things are now, you'd think Shakespeare was the only one who wrote anything in the 16-17th centuries. This, along with Edward II, was one of my favorite materials for the class. The general storyline: A brother and sister fall in love, she gets kno [...]


    11. yes, i totally read this play for its title.what?i'm not a huge fan of carolinian drama but this one i actually sort of enjoyed. the premise is just so risque - an incestuous love affair between a brother and sister - it feels subversive just reading it! i have to admire the stones john ford must have had in dramatizing this particular story - even if his intent was to condemn his protagonist for his sacrilegious view of love. his lack of success in fulfilling his objective, however, mars the pl [...]


    12. Read this play for an audition. claims that Ford was the predominant playwright during the reign of Charles I. Anyway, it's a verse play and is interesting to compare to Shakespeare although I fear it suffers by the comparison. The language is much more clear than Shakespeare but the images are not half so rich. It's a shocker though. By the end of the first page we learn that the central plot revolves around an incestuous relationship between a brother and a sister. By then end it devolves int [...]


    13. Transgression. Transgression. And, oh yeah, more transgression. What bloody good play (sorry, couldn't help it). I read since I'm going to a production by the UK's Cheek by Jowl pretty soon, and had absolutely no idea what it was about. Let me sum it up for you: incest. Which is bad-ass in it's own right, plus there are some really cool lines, for example, the title. And also this stage direction: "Giovanni enters carrying a knife with a heart on it." Not kidding.There is a lot more going on in [...]


    14. coming back to the thoughts about blood that i couldn't quite shake off from my readings of middleton, tis pity is pregnant with imagery of blood as gilt/guilt, blood as the thousand little lives that annabella as woman is capable of begetting, blood as family and blood as lust, blood stirred to incestual desire, blood warmed to revenge; there is a very visceral sense of hunger, the grotesque labour of love by which giovanni slices annabella's body from womb upwards to deliver her not of her chi [...]


    15. I've been in this one (as Florio) and I found it an extremely hard play to perform because it has such strange lurching in tone, I could never work out whether my character was a tragic one, a comic one or just a walking plot/exposition device. If we are going for nutty tragedies, I much prefer 'Revenger's Tragedy'. It's a good title though, give it that.


    16. Wow. Without a doubt one of the craziest plays I've ever read. Read in relationship to Cheek by Jowl's intriguing but flawed production at BAM, this a play I plan to return to again and again. How unusual to read such a multifaceted portrayal of incest (I don't know of another one). It also made me very curious to explore the whole "revenge" genre I'm woefully ignorant one.


    17. Gory Jacobean revenge tragedy with the usual dark themes: incest, violence, murder, and intrigue. The text builds suspense up to the climactic final scene. I would also recommend going to see this play at a theatre.


    18. A really weird and twisted "Romeo and Juliet meets Othello" kind of a tragedy-- with an emphasis on the twisted. Reading this is like watching a horrible car wreck, in which you simply cannot take your eyes away no matter how hard you try.



    19. Takes a bit of getting used to, this kind of language. Understood and enjoyed the play a lot more as I read on. 4 acts and a lot of scenes later, I really like it! :)


    20. Incest aside, this is actually a really entertaining, well-written play - just don't be fooled by the title, it's a tragedy, not a comedy.




    21. Disturbing, memorable. Think of a "grade B" horror film crossed with Shakespeare, and directed by David Cronenberg.



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