THE CITY WIT, or
THE WOMAN WEARS THE BREECHES
a synoptic, alphabetical character list
Bridget is Josina's maid. Though courted by Sarpego, she ultimately marries Crack.
Crack is the "brother" of Jane Tryman (Jeremy in disguise). He poses as her page/bawd, sings bawdy songs, and, in the end, marries Bridget.
Crasy is a young gentleman who has lost all of his money. He asks his friends to pay back the money he has loaned them, and they refuse. Embittered, he departs, then returns in various disguises including "Footwell," "Holywater," "Pulse-Feel," and the "Crippled Soldier." With the help of Jane Tryman (his apprentice Jeremy in disguise), he tricks and robs his friends in order to regain his losses and more. At the end of the play, he reveals himself and returns what he has stolen in excess of what they owe.
Footwell is one of Crasy's disguises in which he cheats and robs his debtors of the money that they owe him. He teaches women courtly behavior.
Holywater is one of Crasy's disguises in which he cheats and robs his debtors of the money that they owe him. He is a courtier/court messenger.
Isabell is a "keeping-woman" who attends Jane Tryman (Jeremy in disguise) in her feigned sickness.
Josina is the unfaithful wife of Crasy. Her mother, Pyannet, enforces a separation from Crasy after he loses all his money. Josina attempts to seduce Jeremy, flirts with Crasy disguised as Pulse-Feel, the doctor, and is the object of attempted seductions by Ticket and Rufflit. She and Crasy are reunited at the end of the play.
Jane Tryman is an assumed identity of Jeremy's. "She" is a prostitute who is in turn disguised as a wealthy but sickly widow. As Jane Tryman, Jeremy schemes with Crasy to fleece his debtors. At the end of the play, Jeremy casts off the disguise and reveals himself.
Jeremy is Crasy's honest apprentice. After Crasy's friends refuse to pay him what they owe, he discharges Jeremy and commands him to wrong all men at every opportunity. Jeremy returns disguised as Jane Tryman, a prostitute disguised as a wealthy but sickly widow. "She" comes with a small entourage including two "keeping-women," Isabell and Joan, and a "brother/pimp," Jeffery Crack. As Tryman, Jeremy schemes with Crasy to trick his friends and family out of the money they have either borrowed or stolen from him. Jeremy reveals his true identity to Crasy and the others at the end of the play.
Jone is a "keeping-woman" who attends Jane Tryman.
Lady Ticket is the wife of Ticket. Crasy tricks Pyannet into thinking that her husband Sneakup is having an affair with Lady Ticket.
Linsy-Wolsey is a thrifty citizen who owes Crasy money but refuses to pay him back. He hopes to marry Jane Tryman (Jeremy is disguise) who is lodging at his house; Crasy and Tryman use this opportunity to trick Linsy-Wolsey out of the money he owes.
Pulse-Feel is a doctor, an assumed identity of Crasy. It is one of the identities he assumes to trick his debtors out of the money they owe him.
Pyannet is Sneakup's wife, Josina and Toby's mother, and Crasy's mother-in-law. She is a termagant who robs Crasy, actively seeks his ruin, and chastises her husband Sneakup, whenever he attempts to speak. The victim of several of Crasy's tricks, she is forced at the end of the play to make amends for her cruel and dishonest behavior.
Rufflit is a courtier who owes Crasy money but refuses to pay him back. He hopes to make his fortune by marrying Josina, Crasy's estranged wife; Crasy uses this ambition to trick Rufflit out of the money he owes.
Sarpego is a schoolmaster and a pedant. He owes Crasy a small amount of money but refuses to pay it back. He is robbed by Crasy, disguised as a crippled soldier. Sarpego wants to marry Bridget but, having lost his money, cannot afford to and loses her to Crack.
Sneakup is Pyannet's meek husband, father to Josina and Toby, and Crasy's father-in-law. He is excoriated by his wife Pyannet whenever he tries to speak. At court Crasy retrieves the jewels stolen by Pyannet by stealing them from Sneakup.
One of Crasy's disguises. Crasy, disguised as a crippled soldier he robs Sarpego, the schoolmaster who owes him money.
Ticket is a courtier and husband to Lady Ticket. He owes Crasy money but refuse to pay him back. He attempts to seduce Josina; this attempt becomes the means by which Crasy retrieves the money Ticket owes him.
Toby is Josina's brother and Crasy's brother-in-law. His parents have purchased a position at court for him. Toby owes Crasy money but refuses to pay him back. He hopes to marry Jane Tryman, and this ambition becomes the means by which Crasy retrieves the money Toby owes him.