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“I do not know any other eminent work of Western literature that is nearly as nihilistic as ‘Measure for Measure’, a comedy that destroys comedy.”

Measure for Measure Act Five By Dennis Abrams ———————————————- Act Five:  At the city gates, the Duke (no longer in his Friar disguise) meets Escalus and Angelo.  Isabella is brought before him – unaware that he and the friar are … Continue reading

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“I will not consent to die this day, that’s certain.”

Measure for Measure Act Four By Dennis Abrams ————————————- Act Four:  The bed-trick (naturally) works, but the Duke learns that Angelo has failed to keep his side of the bargain:  Claudio still faces execution. Invoking the Duke’s authority, he persuades … Continue reading

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“Thou hast nor youth, nor age,/But as it were an after-dinner’s sleep/Dreaming on both.”

Measure for Measure Act Three By Dennis Abrams ——————————- Act Three:  The Duke (still in disguise) visits Claudio to prepare him for death. Isabella arrives at the prison, and reluctantly tells her brother about Angelo’s proposition. But when he begs … Continue reading

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“Say what you can, my false o’erweighs your true.”

Measure for Measure Act Two By Dennis Abrams ———————————- Act Two:  The practical problems of Angelo’s puritanical clampdown are exposed when the doltish constable Elbow attempts to have Pompey and Froth tried for corrupting his wife. Isabella is then brought … Continue reading

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“We have strict statutes and most biting laws”

Measure for Measure Act One, Part Two By Dennis Abrams —————————————- I’d like to begin this post with a comment/question posted by one our most faithful readers, Mahood: “One background figure that must be very important here is King James … Continue reading

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“Our natures do pursue,/Like rats that ravin down their proper bane,/A thirsty evil, and when we drink we die.”

Measure for Measure Act One, Part One By Dennis Abrams ———————————— MAJOR CHARACTERS Duke Vincentio of Vienna Angelo, the Duke’s deputy Escalus, an old councilor Claudio, a young gentleman Juliet, Claudio’s betrothed Isabella, Claudio’s sister, a novice in a nunnery … Continue reading

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“Marry, sir, they have committed false report, moreover they have spoken untruths, secondarily they are slanders, sixth and lastly they have belied a lady, thirdly they have verified unjust things, and to conclude, they are lying knaves.”

Much Ado About Nothing Act Five By Dennis Abrams ———————— Act Five:  Leonato and Antonio angrily confront Claudio and Don Pedro and accuse them of killing Hero, but they refuse to be drawn, and are much surprised when Benedick enters … Continue reading

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