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Dido, Queen of Carthage

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Quote: Dido, Queen of Carthage, IV.1.3-6

Iarbus:
I think some fell enchantress dwelleth here
That can call them [storms] forth when as she please,
And dive into black tempests' treasury
When as she means to mask the world with clouds.
Dido, Queen of Carthage, IV.1.3-6

Dido, Queen of Carthage

Dido, Queen of Carthage

Act IV Scene 1

Location: Between the Wood and the Cave

Iarbus is Further Tormented

The storm has cleared, and Achates, Cupid in the guise of Ascanius, Anna and Iarbus emerge from the wood and marvel at the ferocious storm that has disappeared as suddenly as it rose. Iarbus asks if anyone has seen Dido, and almost immediately Anna spots the queen and Aeneas emerging from the cave.

Iarbus rages jealously that he wishes he was able to kill them both, and he cannot hold his tongue when Dido asks him where he sheltered from the storm: "Not with Aeneas in the ugly cave" (IV.1.32). Dido is once again irritated by his jealousy, and threatens to "quell his hopes". This brief scene is Marlowe's dramatic invention with the effect of raising Iarbus' torment to new heights.

 
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