The Duchess of Malfi Act 3, Scenes 1-2: Summary and Analysis

John Webster

Act 3, Scenes 1-2: Summary and Analysis

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Malateste: a count who the Duchess refuses to marry

Summary
After a considerable length of time, Delio has returned to the court, along with Ferdinand. In the meantime, Antonio has informed him that the Duchess has given birth to a son and a daughter. Antonio adds that the common people think of her as a “strumpet,” and they think Antonio has become wealthy through fraudulent means. Ferdinand arrives to assure the Duchess that he does not suspect her, and even if she were a strumpet, “my fix’d love would strongly excuse” her faults. Bosola reports to Ferdinand the rumor that the Duchess has three children, and tells him that he has “a false key...

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