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1

The Duchess

“Diamonds are of most value, they say that have passed through most jewellers hands”
“Let old wives report I winked and chose a husband”
“The misery of us that are born great, we are forced to work because non dare woo us”
“Where I am a man, I’d beat that counterfeit face into thy other”

2

Bosola Quotes

“Some if you give entertainment for pure love; but more for precious reward”
“I look no higher than I can reach... when a man’s mind rides faster than his horse ca gallop, they both quickly tire”
“We are merely the stars’ tennis balls struck and bounded, which way please them

3

Ferdinand

“Whether we fall by ambition, blood, or lust, like diamonds we are cut by our own dust”
“Lusty widow”
About Ferdinand: “the law to him is like a foul black cobweb to a spider”
“This was the main cause: her marriage”

4

Cardinal Quotes

“Tis more easy to tie knots than unloose them”
“Yes I can be angry without this rupture”
“Whores, by rule, are precious”

5

What did critic P.B Murray say?

“Antonio is modelled on the ideal of Christian gentility”
“The radiant spirit of the duchess cannot be killed”

6

What did critic R.S White say?

“Webster’s villains meet their deaths in ways that satisfy poetic justice”
“The tragedy of a virtuous woman who achieves heroism”

7

What did critic Christopher Hart say?

“[Bosola is] a twisted misanthrope and cut-throat”
“The two brothers are not driven by any sense of possessive outrage, however warped, but by a delight in malice itself, a motiveless malignity” even against their own flesh and blood”.

8

What did critic Irving Ribner say?

“[Bosola is] the most important unifying element in the “Duchess of Malfi”
“The Duchess, not her brothers, stands for ordinary humanity, love and the continuity of life through children”

9

What does critic Muriel Bradbrook say?

“The Cardinal knows already that he is in hell”
“[Julia is] a foil to the Duchess... who takes a man as she feels the impulse”
“With all his many roles, Bosola is never permitted the luxury of being a self”

10

What did critic Lee Bliss say?

“The cardinal’s cool, unemotional detachment is more terrifying than Ferdinand’s impassioned raving”

11

What did critic T.S Eliot say?

“[Webster is] a very great literary and dramatic genius directed towards chaos”
“Webster was much possessed by death, and saw the skull beneath the skin”