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From the tone of his letters, he is acting as one who conducts business should act, which is polite but distant. One can imagine Frank being quite alarmed at receiving some of Helene’s letters, yet his responses hardly ever reveal that she has said something that may offend. He is the quintessential British gentleman, or at least he seems to be. Although Helene Hanff and Frank Doel could not be more dissimilar, Helene’s warm abrasive wit and generosity eventually breaks down the cool exterior that Doel exudes at the beginning of their correspondence.

Afraid of Ferdinand’s anger, the Duchess sends Antonio to safety by pretending that he has stolen money and been banished. Tenderly, the couple say goodbye to each other, planning to reunite in Ancona. In her grief, the Duchess confides in Bosola, telling him everything. Bosola plots to entrap the Duchess and Antonio. He speeds to Rome to tell what he knows and find his reward, and the brothers respond 2 2 Act 4 Act 4, with its two scenes set in the Duchess’s chambers, moves quickly. Trying to drive her to despair so that she will be damned as well as killed, Ferdinand arranges for a series of horrors.

In what ways were Elizabeth I and King James I different? Why might Webster have preferred a ruler like Elizabeth I? • London’s Globe Theatre, one of the theaters where The Duchess of Malfi was performed, has been reconstructed with historical accuracy. ’’ Although she faces her death on her knees to more easily pass through heaven’s gates, there is no real sense of faith in her last speeches.

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