What impression of the Duchess is the Duke trying to convey to his listener? What impression of her is actually communicated by his comments? 

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The Duke is trying to convey to the listener, who has come to broker a new marriage for the Duke, that his deceased wife was disloyal to him. He blames her for not bestowing her love, affection, and even smiles and blushes exclusively on him. As they are looking at a portrait of the late Duchess, he says to his listener:

Sir, ’twas not
Her husband’s presence only,
called that spot
Of joy into the Duchess’ cheek

He implies she would...

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