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Voltore points to the disguised Volpone, who points to Mosca. With great disdain, Mosca denies knowledge of the man. The court orders the disguised Volpone whipped. Volpone will lose his wealth and freedom no matter which way he turns. Consequently, he turns upon Mosca. Volpone unmasks himself and disregards Mosca's sudden willingness to negotiate. Volpone identifies the gulls and his fellow rogue, Mosca. Everyone's guilt is swiftly established. There is nothing left to do but pass sentence on these fools.

Face now takes over, and while Drugger wanted to give Subtle a crown, he wheedles a portague (about fourteen crowns). Drugger leaves after requesting that the doctor check his almanac and mark his unlucky days. Sir Epicure Mammon is on the way. Mammon is the firm's biggest customer. For him, Subtle has been preparing the philosopher's stone, and for the last few days, Sir Epicure has been acting as if the stone were already in his possession. Commentary The act falls into three parts: the quarrel between the conspirators, followed by two passages that show Subtle and Face cooperating to cheat their victims.

Finally, when Volpone realizes the jig is up, he melodramatically reveals himself. This is the result of Volpone's judgment of alternative actions. He can keep quiet and escape with a whipping and without money. Mosca will be the master and he will be the parasite. com this is an acceptable choice to Volpone. Mosca errs in character judgment because he wants all of the money for himself. He becomes greedy and thereby loses his perspective. Mosca was invincible as long as he was a parasite, but when it becomes possible for him to realize his ambition, his human nature comes to the front.

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