You will also learn about some important themes in the play. Act I: Romance and Adultery The play begins in the goldsmith shop of Yellowhammer, where we meet him, his wife Maudlin, and their daughter Moll. Importantly, we learn that her parents are intending for Moll to marry Sir Walter Whorehound whose name gives away his womanizing ways. However, she is in love with Touchwood Jr.
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You will also learn about some important themes in the play. Act I: Romance and Adultery The play begins in the goldsmith shop of Yellowhammer, where we meet him, his wife Maudlin, and their daughter Moll. Importantly, we learn that her parents are intending for Moll to marry Sir Walter Whorehound whose name gives away his womanizing ways. However, she is in love with Touchwood Jr. Sir Walter has brought along his mistress, the Welsh Gentlewoman.
He passes her off as a rich heiress in order to marry her off and be rid of her. Allwit, who has three children by him. Surprisingly, Allwit is fine with this arrangement, because in exchange, Sir Walter pays all the bills for the family. Touchwood Sr. Sir Oliver Kix has the opposite problem, as he has been unable to produce a child with his wife. The obvious solution is to arrange for Touchwood Sr. The couple is all too happy to employ his services, at any cost.
Yellowhammer forbids his daughter to see Touchwood Jr. Meanwhile, her brother Tim, a student at Cambridge, has returned home with his tutor. The act ends with Touchwood Sr. When she speaks Welsh to him, he mistakes this for evidence of learning, and decides he would be happy to marry her.
If Sir Walter weds, Allwit is in danger of losing his financial support. Yellowhammer agrees then privately confesses he will not prevent the marriage. When Yellowhammer finds out Moll has run off again to elope with Touchwood Jr. Touchwood Jr. Resultingly, he and the Allwits decide their arrangement, while mutually beneficial in a material way, is morally corrupt. Word is received that Touchwood Jr. While Sir Oliver celebrates the news that his wife is pregnant, everyone is distraught to hear that Moll has died.
Her coffin, along with that of Touchwood Jr. As it turns out, he has helped them fake their deaths. The two spring up from their coffins, and all rejoice that they are alive and can now be married. He soon reconciles himself to a life with her, and the play ends happily.
A Chaste Maid in Cheapside Essay
Plot[ edit ] The play presents multiple plots centered on the marriage of Moll Yellowhammer, the titular maid, who is daughter to a wealthy Cheapside goldsmith , and, in particular, her intended husband, Sir Walter Whorehound. Tim, a fatuous scholar, returns to London from Cambridge University with his Latin tutor. Sir Walter is also having an affair with the wife of Allwit, a knowing cuckold , his name an inversion of "wittol," who lives happily on the money Sir Walter gives his wife. He and his wife must separate to avoid another pregnancy, which they cannot afford. His salvation comes from the Kixes, an aging couple who have not been able to conceive. This is important because if they have a child, Sir Walter a relation of theirs will not inherit their fortune, on which he has confidently depended, going so far as to live beyond his means. A maid tells the Kixes that Touchwood makes a special fertility potion; Touchwood deceives his way into the bed of Lady Kix.
A Chaste Maid in Cheapside by Thomas Middleton: Summary & Themes
A Chaste Maid in Cheapside