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Volpone takes place in seventeenth-century Venice over the course of one day The play opens at the house of Volpone a Venetian nobleman He and his parasite Moscapart slave part servant part lackeyenter the shrine where Volpone keeps his gold Volpone has amassed his fortune we learn through dishonest means he is a con artist And we also learn that he likes to use his money extravagantly Soon we see Volpones latest con in action For the last three years he has been attracting the interest of three legacy hunters Voltore a lawyer Corbaccio an old gentleman and Corvino a merchantindividuals interested in inheriting his estate after he dies Volpone is known to be rich and he is also known to be childless have no natural heirs Furthermore he is believed to very ill so each of the legacy hunters lavishes gifts on him in the hope that Volpone out of gratitude will make him his heir The legacy hunters do not know that Volpone is actually in excellent health and merely faking illness for the purpose of collecting all those impressive get-well gifts In the first act each legacy hunter arrives to present a gift to Volpone except for Corbaccio who offers only a worthless and probably poisoned vial of medicine But Corbaccio agrees to return later in the day to make Volpone his heir so that Volpone will return the favor This act is a boon to Volpone since Corbaccio in all likelihood will die long before Volpone does After each hunter leaves Volpone and Mosca laugh at eachs gullibility After Corvinos departure Lady Politic Would-be the wife of an English knight living in Venice arrives at the house but is told to come back three hours later And Volpone decides that he will try to get a close look at Corvinos wife Celia who Mosca describes as one of the most beautiful women in all of Italy She is kept
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