DofM: Love and Marriage

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Diamonds are of most value, they say, that have passed through most jewllers' hands"
The more love a woman experiences, the more valuable she becomes
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Let not youth, high promotion, eloquence - no, nor anything without the addition, honour, sway your high blood"
"Blood" - passions and sexual desires AND the royalty within her blood - don't let the benefits of marriage make you lose your royal purity
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"If all my royal kindred lay in my way unto this marriage I'd make the my love foot-steps...as men in some great battles...have achieved impossible actions"
The Duchess will walk over anything that stands in her way, comparing her fight to marry Antonio to a great battle. Masculine, heroic language shows that she's rising to the challenge of a man's positon
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You violate a sacrament o'th'Church Shall make you howl in hell for't.
Defies Ferdinand and justifies her marriage through the power of the church - 'howl' foreshadows madness
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Syrinx turn'd To the pale empty reed, Anaxarete Was frozen into marble…whereas those which married…became flowers, precious stones or eminent stars. Ovid's The Metamorphoses
Women who marry are youthful and hold more value - metaphors link to fertility BUT Antonio acknowledges that women are worth more than that e.g. star.
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I will remain the constant sanctuary / you have left me heartless, mine is in your bosom"
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"These worlds should be mine, and all the parts you have spoke"
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Let not youth, high promotion, eloquence - no, nor anything without the addition, honour, sway your high blood"

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"Blood" - passions and sexual desires AND the royalty within her blood - don't let the benefits of marriage make you lose your royal purity

Card 3

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"If all my royal kindred lay in my way unto this marriage I'd make the my love foot-steps...as men in some great battles...have achieved impossible actions"

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Card 4

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You violate a sacrament o'th'Church Shall make you howl in hell for't.

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Card 5

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Syrinx turn'd To the pale empty reed, Anaxarete Was frozen into marble…whereas those which married…became flowers, precious stones or eminent stars. Ovid's The Metamorphoses

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