In Browning's "My Last Duchess," the speaker says, "E'en then would be some stooping; and I chose never to stoop." Is this irony or not?

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The Duke is telling the envoy about the fraught relationship he had with his late wife, the Duchess. In the course of the discussion, the Duke reveals aspects of his wife's personality and behavior which he found particularly annoying. When his wife was alive, the Duke never saw fit to inform her of the seemingly inexhaustible ways she displeased him. Yet he has no compunction...

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