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“For mine’s beyond beyond…”

Cymbeline Act Three, Part One By Dennis Abrams ——————————– Act Three:  In Britain, Cymbeline has refused to pay the annual tribute to Rome, to which the Roman ambassador Lucius responds by declaring war. Meanwhile, Pisanio has received a letter from … Continue reading

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“I lodge in fear./Though this is a heavenly angel, hell is here.”

Cymbeline Act Two, Part One By Dennis Abrams  ——— Act Two:  Determined to win his bet, Iachimo asks Imogen to safeguard a large trunk which he (surprise!) hides in, coming out as she sleeps and stealing her bracelet. Returning to … Continue reading

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“Sluttery, to such neat excellence opposed,/Should make desire vomit emptiness,/Not so allured to feed.”

Cymbeline Act One, Part One By Dennis Abrams —————————— MAJOR CHARACTERS Cymbeline, King of Britain Princess Imogen (aka Innogen in the Oxford edition), Cymbeline’s daughter (later disguised as Fidele Posthumus Leonatus, Imogen’s husband, a poor gentlemen Queen (unnamed), Cymbeline’s second … Continue reading

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“I have a quite unjustifiable sense that Shakespeare would like us to experience this play as somehow taking place at the very periphery of vision, where lands and times and events merge together…”

Cymbeline An Introduction By Dennis Abrams ———————————————– Even now, no one is quite certain exactly why Cymbeline, one of Shakespeare’s final comedies (if that’s truly what it is), was included in the list of “Tragedies” in the First Folio, but … Continue reading

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“O, reason not the need! Our basest beggars.Are in the poorest thing superfluous.”

King Lear Act Two, Part One By Dennis Abrams —————————————– Act Two:  Edmund tells Edgar of their father’s anger and persuades him to flee, at which point Edgar decides to disguise himself as a beggar.  Meanwhile, Kent has attacked Goneril’s … Continue reading

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“Who is it that can tell me who I am?” “Lear’s shadow.”

King Lear Act One, Part Three By Dennis Abrams ————————– A couple of things of interest: 1.  I talked in my introduction to Lear about the fact that there are really two different versions of the play:  the Quarto and … Continue reading

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“In cities, mutinies; in countries, discord; in palaces, treason; and the bond crack’d ‘twist son and father…We have seen the best of our time.”

King Lear Act One, Part Two By Dennis Abrams ——————————— A couple of things to watch for and think about: 1.  Patterns of verbal imagery in the play, including those related to seeing, blindness and insight; the use of terms … Continue reading

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