Volpone encounters Corbaccio and Corvino. He tells them that Mosca has a cozening nose. He expresses surprise that such a witty group could be fooled by a parasite. After a parting remark about the valor of cuckolds, Volpone gleefully escapes the gulls' reach.
Volpone has had much fun at the expense of these fools, but the time is fast approaching when he will have to share their burden. As we begin the next scene, Volpone is still disguised as a police officer. It is an excellent excuse for his being in the courtroom. We have encountered all of the principal figures on the way to the courtroom.