Evadne, Melantius's sister, has replaced Calianax's daughter Aspatia
as bride to courtier Amintor.
Of those with only first names 'Kit' or 'Kitt' has exclusively adult parts, playing a captain accompanying first Aspatia
and the ladies and then with Arbactus in his triumph.
She was the chaste Aspatia in Fletcher's The Maid's Tragedy (c.
Even though she was not the first actress to play either Aspatia or St Catherine, it was Mrs.
Amintor and Aspatia had been expected to marry, but the play's un-named King has, before the play's opening, arranged a substitute bride for Amintor: He will marry Evadne, who, we will later learn, is already the King's mistress.
Evadne avenges the loss of her honor by killing the King; the jilted Aspatia, still despondent, disguises herself as her brother and challenges Amintor to a duel; Amintor kills Aspatia and spurns the repentant Evadne; Amintor and Evadne, both distraught, kill themselves separately.
The critical word "strike" is almost immediately echoed in a description of the maid Amintor has spurned, the grief-stricken Aspatia, who "carries with her an infectious grief / That strikes all her beholders" (1.
Significantly, her death is upstaged by Amintor's own suicide, committed because of his grief at having murdered, mistakenly, Aspatia
- the woman to whom he was originally promised in marriage.
By order of the king, Amintor is forced to renounce his beloved Aspatia
and marry Evadne, sister of his closest friend, Melantius, who has just returned a hero from the wars.
Robert Gough: Aspatia (Sloth); Philomela (Lechery); Sin (Induction).
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43) These productions featured William Wintersel as the King, Major Mohun as Melantius, Charles Hart as Amintor, William Shatterel as Calianax, Rebecca Marshall as Evadne, and Elizabeth Davenport Boutel as Aspatia