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My Last Duchess

My Last Duchess

by Robert Browning

Madness Quotes Page 2

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Quote #4

This grew; I gave commands;
Then all smiles stopped together. There she stands
As if alive. Will’t please you rise? We’ll meet
The company below, then. (45-48)

This is the point where we become pretty sure that the Duke is a little unhinged. Admitting that you had your wife murdered is one thing – politely asking your guest to walk downstairs in the very next sentence is psychotic.

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