Voltore is grumbling about Mosca's knavery. Volpone tells him that the court awaits his coming, and the fox begins to supplicate for some of the rents from a tenement house owned by the deceased Volpone. When the meaning of the request dawns on Voltore, he vents his spleen on the head of Volpone. With a parting insult, Volpone runs for the next corner.
These street scenes build in speed and frustration, and Volpone's gaiety increase with each encounter. The pace of the action is becoming more intense. The sequence of insults and the predictable reactions are preliminaries to the courtroom solution.