Exploring The Waste Land
An allusion page linked from The Waste Land, Part II, line 138

Women Beware Women
Thomas Middleton


Part II, line 138

137) And we shall play a game of chess,
138) Pressing lidless eyes and waiting for a knock upon the door.

to the action in Thomas Middleton's play Women Beware Women where in act II, scene ii, a woman, Bianca, is seduced by the Duke of Florence in one room [in the play, the upper stage] while in another room a game of chess between Livia and Bianca's mother-in-law has moves paralleling the steps in the seduction.

Also note that Part II is titled A Game of Chess. This echos the title of another play by Thomas Middleton A Game at Chesse.

There is a website that is attempting to collect the plays by Thomas Middleton at


however the plays A Game of Chess and Women Beware Women are not there yet (March 11, 2002).

See Eliot's commentary on Middleton's Women Beware Women at the commentary for line 138.

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T 76 - Middleton, Thomas
T 62 - Jacobean tragedy


L 238 - Thomas Middleton [a collection of his plays]
This website is an attempt to collect online copies of Middleton's plays.
L 239 - Women Beware Women by Thomas Middleton: A Synopsis
A one page synopsis of the action of the play.
L 265 - Women Beware Women - A Synopsis
Scene by scene synopsis of the play by Thomas Middleton. At the Kit Marlowe, P.I. website.

Exploring The Waste Land
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File date: Sunday, September 29, 2002
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