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Porphyria's Lover

Porphyria's Lover


by Robert Browning

Porphyria's Lover Sin Quotes

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Quote #4

[…] she
Too weak, for all her heart's endeavour,
To set its struggling passion free
From pride, […] (20-24)

The speaker doesn't consider Porphyria's presence there to be a sin. For him, the real sin is her "weak[ness]" and "pride" – her unwillingness to throw off society's expectations and be with him forever.

Quote #5

That moment she was mine, mine, fair,
Perfectly pure and good: […] (36-37)

The moment that Porphyria "worship[s]" the speaker, he decides that she's no longer committing the sin of "pride" and she becomes "perfectly pure and good."

Quote #6

[…] I found
A thing to do[…] (37-38)

The murder of Porphyria, in the speaker's mind, isn't a sin at all – it's just "a thing to do." He's awfully casual about killing his lover.

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