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Doctor Faustus

Doctor Faustus

by Christopher Marlowe
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Doctor Faustus Wealth Quotes

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Quote #1

From Venice shall they drag huge argosies,And from America the golden fleeceThat yearly stuffed Philip's treasury,If learnèd Faustus shall be resolute. (1.1.123-126)


Faustus's friend Valdes echoes his desire to be like an explorer by exploiting the wealth of the new world. Like Faustus's desire to chase the Prince of Parma out of the region, Valdes's proposal to rob King Phillip of Spain reveals the way both men imagine wealth to be the means by which they can help their homeland excel above all other nations.

Quote #2

The spirits tell me they can dry the seaAnd fetch the treasure of all foreign wrecks,Yea, all the wealth that our forefathers hidWithin the massy entrails of the earth.Then tell me Faustus, what shall we three want? (1.1.137-141)


Like pirates, Faustus and his friends want to search for buried treasure. While that sounds like fun, we have to say that his description of it is more than a little violent. Massy entrails? Yuck.

Quote #3

WAGNERWell, sirrah, leave your jesting and take these guilders.          [Gives money.] ROBINYes, marry, sir, and I thank you too.WAGNERSo, now thou at to be at an hour's warning whensoever and wheresoever the devil shall fetch thee.ROBIN Here, take your guilders; I'll none of 'em.          [Tries to return money.] (1.4.25-30)


This scene occurs just after Faustus has declared his intention to give his soul for Mephistopheles. But unlike Faustus, Robin is not so easily bought. Even though he desperately needs some cash flow, he does not want to belong to Wagner. In a way, even though he's a bit of a doofus, Robin is a lot stronger than Faustus, at least, for now.

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