Arden is well aware of his wife's infidelity with Mosby, and it causes him great grief. It is a dark play with few chinks of light. Perform your song for the class.
An apprentice at a bookstall shuts the stall and accidentally hits Black Will on the head with the window. Arden and Franklin enter, and Arden asks Mosby why he is in his wife's company. He is fully aware of the dangers of the course he is pursuing with Alice in their joint effort to get rid of Arden, but he knows that he cannot pull back from it.
Once he has started it, Arden simply cannot stop this line of attack. Some scholars have noted similarities in the imagery used in Arden of Faversham and in Marlowe's plays.
The play was first published in London in , although it may have been both written and performed several years earlier. People want more than they have and are prepared to do anything to get it. Michael enters and admits to Black Will he has vowed to kill his master to please Mosby and win Susan's hand in marriage. Adam from the Flower-de-Luce inn enters and tells Alice that Mosby is in town, but she may not visit him.
Franklin vows they will not escape.
He prides himself on being a vicious cutthroat and boasts that he has stolen more money as a pick-pocket than his partner in crime, Black Will. He made a living as a humble tailor but then rose through the patronage of a nobleman to become steward in the nobleman's house, a position that gives him considerably more wealth and prestige than he had as a mere repairer of other people's clothes. Characters are very conscious of their positions in the social hierarchy. Even Lord Cheyne knows about Black Will's lawless ways and predicts that he will hang one day. He comes to the house only because his sister is Alice's maid.
Alice throws the broth to the ground and laments that nothing she does pleases him. Arden is jealous and vows that Mosby must die. In some sources, the name Faversham is spelled Feversham. Just after this, Franklin's soliloquy shows that he has genuine compassion for Arden. Alice tells Michael to ask Mosby to come to her and promises him that Susan will be his.
Domestic tragedy evolved from the traditional morality play. We fulfil a profound role for the author, for without an audience, the play would be little more than words on a page.
Thus, the audience will already be making assumptions that will automatically influence their opinion of anything she does. In some sources, the name Faversham is spelled Feversham.
Then as he left the countinghouse, he demanded his money from Alice, and she duly handed over ten pounds. Greene is angry that his land has been transferred to Arden. He has been granted a lot of land by the authorities, but he is blind to the social obligations that accompany his good fortune.
Today: Plays take place in a darkened theater, and the largely middle-class audiences are generally more subdued than their Elizabethan counterparts.