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In Brownings My Last Duchess it appears that the Duke would have had the Duchess attend only to him The Duchess is portrayed as someone that is easily pleased In the passages twas not Her husbands presence only called that spot Of joy into the Duchess cheek She had A heart -- how shall I say -- too soon made glad Too easily impressed she liked whateer She looked on and her looks went everywhere Browning conveys to us that the Duchess could be easily impressed Through his use of words her looks went everywhere and the rhythm that he establishes in this passage the reader is given a picture of the Duchess as a playful and frivolous woman that was quickly impressed by just about anything Browning confirms this by providing some examples My favor at her breast The dropping of the daylight in the West The bough of cherries some officious fool Broke in the orchard for her the white mule She rode with round the terrace The first example My favor at her breast shows that she found pleasure in the attention that the Duke showed to her Yet Browning leads us to believe that she equated this intimate contact with something as simple as the sun setting The dropping of the daylight in the West In the following passage the reader is given the first glimpse of what probably led the Duke to such a violent act She thanked men -- good but thanked Somehow -- I know not how -- as if she ranked My gift of a nine-hundred-years-old name With anybodys gift The Duke it appears was jealous of the attention that she gave to others Browning tells us much about the type of person the Duke was in these lines Even had you skill In speech -- which I have not -- to make your will Quite clear
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