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Doctor Faustus Act 2, Scene 2

By Christopher Marlowe

Act 2, Scene 2

  • Back to Robin. He tells his buddy Dick that he has gotten one of Faustus's conjuring books. Sweet.
  • It's too bad for Dick, though, because now that Robin has the book, he's too busy conjuring to help out Dick with the horses. 
  • In retaliation, Dick mocks Robin's poor attempt at reading. Um, that's not very nice.
  • But Robin doesn't take stuff from anyone. So he draws a circle and threatens to conjure at Dick.
  • Dick says that if their master comes, he'll conjure at Robin right back, to which Robin replies that he'll just put horns on his master's head. This is getting ugly.
  • Ah, well the joke's on you, dude. Dick tells him that his mistress has already put horns on him, which is an old timey way of saying she has cheated on him. 
  • Yeah, with me, implies Robin. Dick is not surprised. Some friends these guys are.
  • But all's forgiven (sort of), when Robin tells Dick that he can do just about anything with this conjuring book, including summoning booze from a nearby tavern without paying a penny. 
  • Well fancy this: Dick is feeling a bit parched, so they both head to the tavern.