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by Christopher Marlowe
Doctor Faustus Act 3, Scene 2 Summary
It's grub time. A banquet is brought in. Mephistopheles tells Faustus that he has successfully enchanted the Cardinals, and has sent Bruno back to Germany on a magical horse. Well, that was easy. Feeling mischievous, Faustus tells Mephistopheles to make him invisible so he can now go play tricks on the Pope. Abracadabra: Faustus disappears. The Pope and Cardinals enter, along with King Raymond of Hungary. The Cardinal of France asks the Pope if he wants to know what they think about this whole Bruno situation. Since he has already heard the judgment Faustus gave when he was disguised as a Cardinal, the Pope is surprised and annoyed by this, and is all, uh dude, didn't you already pass judgment? The Cardinal of France says that he's mistaken, but Raymond backs up the Pope's story, adding that the Cardinals took custody of Bruno and his rich crown already. When the Cardinals swear that they have seen neither Bruno nor the crown, the Pope sends them to prison. Well that went well. Unlike the Cardinals, Faustus is having a grand ol' time. He delights in cursing the Pope invisibly, and stealing his food and dishes as the servant passes them to him. The Archbishop of Rheims advises him to have a priest perform an exorcism, since he believes the invisible troublemaker is some soul that has risen out of purgatory. The Pope crosses himself, at which Faustus strikes him. That's the last straw. The friars perform a humorous exorcism. Mephistopheles and Faustus respond by casting fireworks among them all, and then, making like a banana, they split.
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