Monthly Archives: August 2012

“We have heard the chimes at midnight, Master Shallow,”

Henry IV Part Two Act Three By Dennis Abrams ———————————– Act Three:  The pressures of kingship (as well as the guilt of the usurpation) are obviously taking their toll on King Henry.  Unable to sleep, he reflects ruefully with Warwick … Continue reading

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“By heaven, Poins, I feel me much to blame/So idly to profane the precious time.”

Henry IV Part Two Act Two By Dennis Abrams ——————————– Act Two:  Mistress Quickly attempts to have Falstaff arrested for fraud, but he manages (yet again) to talk his way out of it by renewing his promise to marry her, … Continue reading

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“I am not only witty in myself, but the cause that wit is in other men.”

Henry IV, Part Two Act One By Dennis Abrams ——————————– MAJOR CHARACTERS King Henry IV of England Prince Henry (known as Hal), later crowned King Henry V Hal’s brothers:  Prince John of Lancaster; Humphrey, Duke of Gloucester; Thomas, Duke of … Continue reading

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You define who you are by your reaction to Falstaff…Those who do not care for Falstaff are in love with time, death, the state, and the censor.”

Introduction to Henry IV, Part Two By Dennis Abrams Is it possible for a sequel (other than The Godfather, Part Two of course) equal the original?  In the case of Henry IV, Part Two, the answer is a resounding yes. … Continue reading

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“O, never say that I was false of heart,/Though absence seem’d my flame to qualify.”

William Shakespeare Sonnet #109 https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=d–yTNrdVMc SONNET 109 O, never say that I was false of heart, Though absence seem’d my flame to qualify. As easy might I from myself depart As from my soul, which in thy breast doth lie: … Continue reading

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“Falstaff understands everything and so is never serious.” — Mark Van Doren

Henry IV, Part One Act Five, Part Three By Dennis Abrams ———————- As we finish up our reading of Henry IV, Part One, a few odds and ends, a couple of other ways to view the play: First picking up … Continue reading

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“I like not such grinning honour as Sir Walter hath. Give me life…”

Henry IV, Part One Act Five, Part Two By Dennis Abrams ———————————– I’d like to start today’s post where I usually end:  with a film clip.  This is from Orson Welles’ masterpiece, Chimes at Midnight.  As I’m sure you’ve noticed, … Continue reading

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