The Duchess of Malfi Act 2, Scenes 1-2: Summary and Analysis

John Webster

Act 2, Scenes 1-2: Summary and Analysis

New Characters
Old Lady: speaks with Bosola about her makeup and the Duchess’s pregnancy

Forobosco: the keeper of the key to the park gate

Summary
Ferdinand’s court continues to set the scene as Bosola and Castruchio briefly talk about the qualifications to be a courtier just prior to the Old Lady entering. Bosola comments on her foul makeup before giving his meditation on the deformed nature of man. He goes on to reveal his suspicion of the Duchess’s pregnancy in a brief monologue before Antonio and Delio arrive. Bosola tells Antonio that Antonio’s ancestry is worth nothing before presenting the Duchess with some “apricocks.” Upon eating one of the...

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