The Jew of Malta
by Christopher Marlowe
The Jew of Malta Act 3, Scene 6 Summary
- Cut to the nunnery. BAM, all the nuns are dropping like flies.
- Looks like Barabas's porridge has done its job.
- Abigail, in her death throes, finds friar Bernadine.
- She confesses everything that happened with Lodowick and Mathias: that Barabas engaged her to them both and then tricked them into killing each other.
- She gives him a piece of paper which has all of Barabas's misdeeds written on it, but begs Bernadine to not tell anybody about it.
- Because this is a religious confession, Bernadine is forbidden by church law to go to the authorities with the things Abigail's told him.
- Abigail thanks him, asks that Bernadine convert Barabas (and thereby save his soul) and dies.
- After mourning briefly that Abigail died a virgin (note: there are more dirty nun-friar jokes in this play that you can shake a stick at), Bernadine is joined by his fellow friar Jacomo.
- They agree to bury the nuns and then confront Barabas.
- Bernadine can't tell anyone official what Abigail told him, but he can go directly to Barabas, apparently.
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