Make an order now! What the characters say and what they really mean are often at odds. In both the main plot and the subplot the women inhabit a male dominated environment in which they are trapped; Isabella in the asylum and Beatrice in the castle.
Isabella is a honourable women yet she is locked up by her husband, whereas he is the paranoid and perhaps deluded person who it may be more appropriate to lock up. Eaton is interested in showing how both the private language, and the public language center around the possession, and repression, of females.
In turn the irrational feelings are also returned by Alsemero suggesting a lack of clear reason and perhaps minor madness.
Middleton and Rowley show this most prominently through the use of asides. The theme of appearance vs reality also emerges in the first three acts and is also entwined with deceit.
It is perhaps ironic that despite Isabella being the more virtuous of the two, it is her husband who is most suspicious, whereas Alonzo and Alsemero do not see Beatrice as she really is.
Lollio also appears to be a dutiful servant to Alibius in looking after his wife but his intentions are much more dishonourable. The repetitions helps to drive the themes home to the audience.
However whereas Beatrice oversteps the boundaries by having her suitor, Alonzo, killed in order to be able to marry Alsemero, Isabella fulfils her role as faithful wife and does not wander even when two suitors make advances to her.