Every Man out of His Humour

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Ben Jonson (1572—1637) poet and playwright

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A comedy by Jonson, acted by the Lord Chamberlain's Men at the newly built Globe theatre 1599, printed 1600.

The play parades a variety of characters dominated by particular ‘humours’, or obsessive quirks of disposition; Macilente, a venomous malcontent; Carlo Buffone, a cynical jester; the uxorious Deliro and his domineering wife Fallace; Fastidious Brisk, an affected courtier devoted to fashion; Sordido, a miserly farmer, and his son Fungoso, who longs to be a courtier; Sogliardo, ‘an essential clown, enamoured of the name of a gentleman’; and Puntarvolo, a fantastic, vainglorious knight, who wagers that he, his dog, and his cat can travel to Constantinople and back. By means of various episodes, each character is eventually driven ‘out of his humour’. Two judicious onlookers, Mitis and Cordatus, provide a moral commentary.

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