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Dido

Dido, Queen of Carthage

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Dido, Queen of Carthage

Dido, Queen of Carthage

Scene Plot Summaries

Scene Division

The original printed 1594 Quarto of the play was essentially divided into five single-scene Acts, divided by the following headings:

  • The Tragedie of Dido Queene of Carthage.
  • Actus 2
  • Actus 3. Scena I.
  • Actus 4. Scena 1.
  • Actus 5.

Further scene divisions (followed below) were first introduced by [Hurst], and generally adhered to since, for example in the [Revels Plays edition]. Whilst some of the longer scenes may comprise logically distinct sequences of action, the dramatic continuity remains unbroken, with at least one of the actors remaining on stage.

Act 2 is a case in point, comprising as it does three distinct pieces of dramatic action. First Aeneas and his party enter Carthage and are reunited with the other surviving Trojans. Dido appears on stage and Aeneas recounts the fall of Troy, after which all exit except Ascanius, enabling Venus to substitute him with Cupid. The continuous presence of at least one actor precludes formal scene division, so the Act is left as a single scene.

Quotations, Punctuation and Spelling

A quotation accompanies each scene's plot summary. The [Revels edition] of the play is quoted, which employs modern spelling and punctuation.

Scene Summaries

Read a summary of each scene in the play. You can also use the individual links in the menu bar on the left, and the arrow buttons at the top of each scene summary to navigate quickly to the next or previous scene.

Act I:Scene 1 | Scene 2
Act II:Scene 1
Act III:Scene 1 | Scene 2 | Scene 3 | Scene 4
Act IV:Scene 1 | Scene 2 | Scene 3 | Scene 4 | Scene 5
Act V:Scene 1
 
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