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The Duchess of Malfi - Act 3 Summary & Analysis

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Act 3

In Act 3, Scene 1, Delio comes to visit Antonio with Ferdinand. It has been a while since Delio has visited and the Duchess has given birth to 3 children now. Delio questions Antonio about the news reaching the brothers. According to Antonio, Ferdinand has been acting warily, the common people think the Duchess is promiscuous, but his secret marriage remains undisclosed. Ferdinand tells the Duchess that he is going to find a husband for her. It is Count Malatesti, but the Duchess is not interested in him. She thinks the air is cleaned when her brother leaves.

Ferdinand asks Bosola about his spying job. He tells Ferdinand that the Duchess has 3 kids already and that he suspects sorcery has been used since her lover has remained unnamed. Ferdinand states that he will get to the bottom of this matter tonight. Bosola hands over a false key to her bedroom...

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