The Duchess of Malfi Act 5, Scenes 3-5: Summary and Analysis

John Webster

Act 5, Scenes 3-5: Summary and Analysis

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Echo: an echo heard near the Duchess’s grave by Antonio and Delio

Summary
The characters of scene 3 are Antonio and Delio, who are at a fortification built on “the ruins of an ancient abbey,” as well as “an Echo from the Duchess’s grave.” The Echo is thought by Antonio to resemble the Duchess’s voice, and both Delio and the Echo advise him to stay away from the Cardinal’s rooms. Antonio protests that necessity compels him to visit the Cardinal and settle his fate, and Delio promises to fetch Antonio’s oldest son.

The Cardinal, Pescara, Malateste, Roderigo, and Grisolan open scene 4. The Cardinal tells his four guests not to...

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