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The Maid's Tragedy

The Maid's Tragedy by Francis Beaumont
By: (1584-1616)

Beaumont and Fletcher's The Maid's Tragedy (first published 1619) is a sensational Jacobean sex tragedy. When gentleman soldier Melantius returns to Rhodes, he finds his dear friend Amintor is recently married - but not to his troth-plight love Aspatia (the maid of the title). Instead, the King has arranged a match between Amintor and Melantius' sister, the beautiful Evadne. On his wedding night, Amintor finds that his new wife has married him under false pretenses - and this unleashes a torrent of dire consequences, sexual, emotional, and ultimately political.

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Francis Beaumont and John Fletcher

Persons Represented in the Play.


Lysippus, brother to the King .

Amintor, a Noble Gentleman .

Evadne, Wife to Amintor.

Malantius} Diphilius} Brothers to Evadne.

Aspatia, troth plight wife to Amnitor.

Calianax, an old humorous Lord, and Father to Aspatia.

Cleon} Strato} Gentlemen .

Diagoras, a Servant .

Antiphila} Olympias} waiting Gentlewomen to Aspatia.

Dula, a Lady .

Night} Cynthia} Neptune} Eolus} Maskers .

Actus primus. Scena prima .

Enter Cleon, Strato, Lysippus, Diphilus .

Cleon . The rest are making ready Sir.

Strat . So let them, there's time enough.

Diph . You are the brother to the King, my Lord, we'll take your word.

Lys . Strato , thou hast some skill in Poetry, What thinkst thou of a Mask? will it be well?

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