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The Duchess of Malfi - Act 2 Summary & Analysis

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Act 2

In Act 2, Scene 1, Bosola and Castruccio chat about Castruccio’s desire to be a famous aristocrat. Bosola gives him tips on how to act, but is judgmental in their conversation. An old lady enters the scene and while Bosola chats with her, he judges her for her appearance. Bosola ponders why the Duchess is wearing loose fitting clothes and she is getting heavier. He plans to find out if she is pregnant.

Delio is surprised to discover that Antonio is married. Antonio requests that he keep his knowledge a secret. The Duchess acknowledges her weight gain and shortness of breath. She asks for Antonio’s hand while asking Bosola to provide her with a litter like the Duchess of Florence rode in. Bosola is quick to point out the Duchess of Florence was pregnant. Bosola presents apricots to the Duchess and points out they were ripen in...

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