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The Duchess of Padua

Oscar Wilde

Book Overview: 

Guido Ferranti, a young man, travels to Padua with his friend Ascanio after receiving a mysterious letter from a stranger, claiming to know the true secret of Guido's birth. His plan of revenge goes awry, however, when he falls in love with his enemy's beautiful wife, the Duchess of Padua.

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Book Excerpt: 
. . .below; from the street comes the roar of a mob and cries of ‘Death to the Duke’: after a little interval enter the Duke very calmly; he is leaning on the arm of Guido Ferranti; with him enters also the Lord Cardinal; the mob still shouting.


No, my Lord Cardinal, I weary of her!
Why, she is worse than ugly, she is good.


Your Grace, there are two thousand people there
Who every moment grow more clamorous.


Tut, man, they waste their strength upon their lungs!
People who shout so loud, my lords, do nothing;
The only men I fear are silent men.
[A yell from the people.]
You see, Lord Cardinal, how my people love me.
[Another yell.]. . . Read More

Community Reviews

"People who shout so loud, my lords, do nothing; the only men I fear are silent men."

Let me start my review by saying that Oscar Wilde is a remarkable author, he's a freaking genius! His narratives are really compelling and his characters are very original. I loved this play and all of his other wo

Hmm. I wasn’t really into this one. I found it a bit boring, and lacking in the charm and humour that I associate with Oscar Wilde.

The Duchess of Padua (1883) is a five-act melodramatic tragedy by Oscar Wilde. Unlike his other plays, it was written in blank verse. For those of you who aren't familiar with the term: blank verse is poetry written with regular metrical but unrhymed lines, almost always in iambic pentameter.
As f

Far more romantic than Shakeapeare's "Romeo and Juliet" and, needless to say when talking about Oscar Wilde, very well-written too.

"We are each our own devil , And we make this world our hell."
"Were there no law there'd be no law-breakers , So all men would be virtuous."
There is no love , Where there is any guilt."
"People who shout so loud , My lords , Do nothing; The only men I fear are silent men."

Wasn't bad but eh

I guess being of Italian blood makes me too sentimental. But I enjoyed this play very much. I am sure love stories are mostly a dime a dozen, but give me a break! I liked it.

Although I am a regular reader and huge fan of Oscar Wilde, I really didn't see this kind of play coming. Although it is nearly impossible for a work of Wilde's to not have its "Wilde-isms" (don't worry, there are plenty in this play), the atmosphere of this play is different. As opposed to being a

Love. Revenge. Treachery.
This play contains all these elements in equal parts. It also talks of the difference between a man's love and a woman's. A man gives just a part of his life when he is in love but the woman gives her whole. The tragic ending,the dying in each other's arms,was as dramatic as

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