We first see Bosola near the start of the play when he has returned from the `galleys' after a prison sentence for murder. In his language he conveys his emotional state and the anguish he has been put through whilst being locked away.
`I fell into the galleys in your service, where, for two years together, I wore two towels instead of a...
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...eading up to the death of the Duchess, Bosolas character adopts a more detached and withdrawn stance in the scene. His language is precise and to the point. The audience could interpret this as cold malice on Bosolas part by the way that he shows no remorse toward the Duchess and just wants her dead. Another way this could be interpreted is that his lack of words indicates that he doesn't like what he's doing and so wants it over with as soon as possible. When Bosola asks the Duchess;
`Doth not death frighten you?' (IV.ii.208)
I think that this line shows more than anything that Bosola is more humane than if this line was compared to a line near the start of the play. I think he genuinely cares about the Duchess, as it is as if his question should have been asked by someone else and not him. It seems an odd thing to ask just before he kills her.
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