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“but for sweet Jack Falstaff, kind Jack Falstaff, true Jack Falstaff, valiant Jack Falstaff, and therefore more valiant being, as he is, old Jack Falstaff, banish not him thy Harry’s company, banish plump Jack, and banish all the world!”

Henry IV, Part One Act Two, Part One By Dennis Abrams ——————————————- Act Two:  After Falstaff and his crew rob a group of travelers, Hal and Points ambush their friends and steal what they themselves had stolen.  They are already … Continue reading

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“O, thou hast damnable iteration, and art indeed able to corrupt a saint. Thou hast done much harm upon me, Hal — God forgive thee for it!”

Henry IV, Part One Act One By Dennis Abrams —————————— Major Characters King Henry IV (sometimes known as Bolingbroke) Prince Harry, Prince of Wales, Henry IV’s eldest son and heir (also known as Hal) Lord John of Lancaster, a younger … Continue reading

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“Then am I kinged again, and by and by/Think that I am unkinged by Bolingbroke,And straight am nothing.”

Richard II Act Five, Part One By Dennis Abrams ————————— Act Five:  York and his wife are discussing Bolingbroke’s huge popular support when they discover that none other than their son Aumerle is guilty of plotting against Bolingbroke.  York rushes … Continue reading

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“A brittle glory shineth in this face;/As brittle as the glory is the face.”

Richard II Act Four, Part Two By Dennis Abrams ————————————- More from Marjorie Garber on language, symbols, and the loss of a crown: “Indeed, all around Richard in the opening scenes of the play language itself seems to be dying.  … Continue reading

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“You may my glories and my state depose,/But not my griefs; still am I king of those.”

Richard II Act Four, Part One By Dennis Abrams —————————————- Act Four:  As Bolingbroke attempts to discover the truth behind Gloucester’s murder in Parliament, Richard’s abdication is announced.  Carlisle warns that civil war will break out if Bolingbroke becomes king, … Continue reading

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“O, that I were a mockery king of snow,/Standing before the sun of Bolingbroke/To melt myself away in water-drops!”

Richard II Act Three, Part Two By Dennis Abrams —————————— For me, we probably have yet to read a line from Shakespeare more haunting than “For God’s sake let us sit upon the ground/And tell sad stories about the death … Continue reading

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“For God’s sake let us sit upon the ground /And tell sad stories about the death of kings.”

Richard II Act Three, Part One By Dennis Abrams ——————————— Act Three:  Returning to face the emergency from Ireland, Richard faces an impossible situation:  his army has been dispersed, three of his closest friends have been executed by Bolingbroke, and … Continue reading

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