My Last Duchess

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I have drawn the conclusion that you the Count should not precede with the marriage plans. Further, I would advise you to cancel the wedding. Since, I met the Duke of Ferrara I have this feeling that he is not a good party for your daughter. As the duke and I stopped by his collection of individually commissioned art, he showed me the portrait of his late duchess. While discussing the portrait of the last duchess, he reveals himself as a domineering husband who regarded his beautiful wife as a mere object; he said that “I call that piece a wonder, now“. He refers not only the painting, as well, his wife as “the piece”, an object. Indeed, he values his wife as highly as any other piece of art. Nevertheless, he regards his wife as a “wonder, now” in the painting; as she was not much worth when she was a life. He described the portrait as “That’s my last duchess” that shows the presence of the feeling of possessing the duchess, whose sole mission was to please him. He also said that “She had a heart –how shall I say? – too soon made glad, too easily impressed; she liked whatever she looked on, and her looks went everywhere’. I have the impression that the duchess was an enthusiastic and enchanting young woman who was full of life and charms. However, her husband misunderstands true nature of hers. “Sir, twas not her husband presence only called that spot of joy into the duchess’ cheek”. Regardless, the duchess effort to please her husband, he saw her action as a betrayal. He wanted to be treated differently than other men and to preserve her smile for him. As he said that “Whenever I passed her; but who passed without the much same smile?” in fact he wanted to tame the Duchess and subject her to total domination and over powering control; however she has continually defied him by simply smiling. He even hides the portrait behind the curtain so that only he can see…...

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