International Journal of Humanities and Social Science

ISSN 2220-8488 (Print), 2221-0989 (Online) 10.30845/ijhss

Introduction to His New Duchess?
Japhet N. Makia

“His New Duchess?” (an adaptation from Robert Browning’s “My Last Duchess”) is a dramatic monologue by Japhet N. Makia,who looked through thelenses into the romantic era as he wrote “His New Duchess?” Makia realized that Robert Browning had actually left his dramatic monologue “My Last Duchess” in suspense. What, for example, did the Servant in Browning’s poem tell his Master (the Count) after the Servant listened to the Duke’s description of his Duchess as they both watched her painting on the wall? What message did the Servant take back to the Count about the Duke’s character? Did the Count let his daughter marry the Duke after all? So Makia took off from where Browning’s poem ends, using the Servant in Browning’s poem as the speaker in “His New Duchess?”

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