‘Tis Pity She’s a Whore- with no good girlfriends

“I will. [Aside] If this were any other company for her, I should think my absence an office of some credit, but I will leave them together”(1.2)- Putuna

This quote occurs right before Putuna leaves the incestuous siblings on their own to confess their love. The irony is apparent, but the nature of the comment, the way it is presented, and the diction in it fascinates me. By merely highlighting the situation’s supposed innocence, the sibling’s relationship is brought to the forefront and causes audiences to question the nature of their relationship. Putana’s statement is politically correct and not something that requires to be hushed; yet she says it aside. This decision to make this statement private exemplifies the play’s reversal of the conventional. There are many asides in this play to create an environment of secrecy and confusion, so the theater becomes an unknown space for its characters to nagate. When analyzing the line closely, I noticed the interesting use of the word “credit”. This word reminded me of Merchant of Venice and its financial diction. When reading this play with a financial outlook, it becomes even darker. There was no financial gain in marrying a sibling, but the body (as we explored in Merchant of Venice) has value, especially the heart. These comments may be a bit scattered and unrelated in theme, but this prompting line really interested me because of its odd nature.

#stagedirections #finacialdiction #secrets

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