Doctor Faustus Act 1, Scene 4 Summary
- Now we meet Wagner, one of the townspeople.
- He calls over a guy named Robin, merely by saying "boy," to which little Robin takes offense. Wagner wants to know if Robin makes any dough.
- Sure. Robin claims he has "comings in" and "goings out" as well (both income and expenses).
- Yeah right, says Wagner. He knows that Robin is jobless and hungry.
- He offers to bind Robin to him—to make him his apprentice—for a period of seven years, threatening to turn Robin's lice into a chronic problem if he doesn't agree to. Agree, Robin! Agree!
- Lice? No sweat dude, says Robin. He's got lice up the wazoo.
- To try to seal the deal, Wagner gives Robin two coins, but Robin ain't havin' that.
- So Wagner calls two devils to frighten Robin, then sends them away at Robin's request.
- Fine. Robin's down for seven years of servitude as long as Wagner agrees to teach him how to conjure.
- A deal's a deal.