The Duchess of Padua

By Oscar Wilde

A tender guy often called Guido is determined upon revenge, making plans to homicide the duke of Padua, who murdered Guido’s father years prior to. although, Guido quickly unearths that he has fallen in love with the duke’s spouse, the duchess of Padua , and their romance complicates Guido’s intentions.

Originally composed for a selected actress, Mary Anderson, who ultimately rejected the play, The Duchess of Padua used to be now not played at the level until eventually years after its composition. Written in clean verse, The Duchess of Padua is considered one of Oscar Wilde’s purely real tragedies.

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There are occasions it kind of feels a dream, An evil dream despatched by way of an evil god, after which I see the useless face within the coffin And realize it is not any dream, yet that my hand Is pink with blood, and that my determined soul Striving to discover a few haven for its love From the wild tempest of this raging global, Has wrecked its bark upon the rocks of sin. What used to be it, acknowledged you? – homicide in basic terms? not anything yet homicide, terrible homicide. GUIDO: Nay, nay, nay, ’Twas however the passion-flower of your love that during one second leapt to negative existence, And in a single second naked this gory fruit, Which I had plucked in inspiration 1000 occasions.

It can't be. ASCANIO: What, is it so with you? i presumed the friendship of the vintage international was once no longer but useless, yet that the Roman variety could even during this bad and customary age locate opposite numbers of affection; then by means of this love Which beats among us like a summer season sea, no matter what lot has fallen in your hand may well I no longer proportion it? GUIDO: proportion it? ASCANIO: Ay! GUIDO: No, no. ASCANIO: have you ever then come to a couple inheritance Of lordly fortress, or of stored-up gold? GUIDO (bitterly): Ay! i've got come to my inheritance. O bloody legacy!

I didn't imagine he may have bled rather a lot, yet i will be able to wash my fingers in water after; am i able to now not wash my arms? Ay, yet my soul? allow us to no longer speak of this! allow us to move therefore: isn't the barrier damaged down among us? What could you extra? Come, it really is virtually morning. places her hand on GUIDO’S GUIDO (breaking from her): O damned saint! O angel clean from Hell! What bloody satan tempted thee to this! That thou hast killed thy husband, that's not anything – Hell used to be already gaping for his soul – yet thou hast murdered Love, and instead Has set a terrible and bloodstained factor, Whose very breath breeds pestilence and plague, And strangles Love.

FIRST CITIZEN: That be his villainy: knaves these days do glance so sincere that sincere people are pressured to seem like knaves on the way to be assorted. input the Headsman, who takes his stand at the back of GUIDO. moment CITIZEN: Yon be the headsman then! O Lord! Is the awl sharp, imagine you? FIRST CITIZEN: Ay! Sharper than thy wits are; however the part isn't in the direction of him, mark you. moment CITIZEN (scratching his neck): I’ religion, i admire it now not so close to. FIRST CITIZEN: Tut, thou need’st no longer be afraid; they by no means reduce the heads of universal folks: they do yet dangle us.

Why did you come back into my lifestyles? Why open the key wells of affection I had sealed up? Why did you open them –? GUIDO: O God! DUCHESS (clenching her hand): And allow The floodgates of my ardour swell and burst until, just like the wave whilst rivers overflow That sweeps the wooded area and the farm away, Love within the most suitable avalanche of its may perhaps Swept my lifestyles with it? needs to I drop through drop assemble those waters again and seal them up? lamentably! each one drop can be a tear, and so Will with its saltness make existence very sour. GUIDO: I pray you communicate not more, for i need to cross Forth out of your existence and love, and make a manner On that you can't persist with.

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