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Also Chastised Maiden, Luxurious, Ambitious, and Sordid. Quite the Renaissance collection ...
It's only subtle because most of the audience wouldn't know Latin, right?
And those that understood the names probably wouldn't have minded because 9 times out of 10 they still expected characters to be "types" rather than individuals ... (that thing Shakespeare had done was still fairly new, after all, and even he used archetypes often enough -- and named them accordingly: "The Clown(s)", "The King", "The Soldier(s)" ...)
The editor is of the opinion that this play somewhat satires the genre, so the names might be somewhat joking. Jonson does similar things in some of his plays, though and the tradition goes right on to Dickens via Sheriden.
True of course. Thomas Mann, too, to a certain extent (e.g., Herr Gr├╝nlich in Buddenbrooks would be Mr. Greenish in English).