Soliloquy of the Spanish Cloister
by Robert Browning
Soliloquy of the Spanish Cloister Hypocrisy Quotes
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Saint, forsooth! (line 25)
The speaker again uses italics to show his contempt for what other people say, and apparently other members of the monastery call Brother Lawrence a "saint." But the speaker says, "yeah right!" ("forsooth!"). He wants us to believe that Brother Lawrence is really a hypocrite.
While brown Dolores
Squats outside the Convent bank
With Sanchicha, telling stories,
Steeping tresses in the tank,
Blue-black, lustrous, thick like horsehairs (lines 25-29)
The speaker wants the reader to believe that Brother Lawrence is ogling Dolores and Sanchicha as they bathe "outside the Convent bank." But he describes their luscious, beautiful "blue-black" hair with so much loving detail... who's really the one checking them out on the sly?