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“Grief fills the room up of my absent child, /Lies in his bed, walks up and down with me,/Puts on his pretty looks, repeats his words,/Stuffs out his vacant garments with his form;/Then have I reason to be fond of grief.”

King John Act Four By Dennis Abrams —————————– Act Four:  Back in England, Hubert visits the cell where Arthur is being held, but, ultimately, cannot bring himself to use red hot irons to burn out young Arthur’s eyes.  At court, … Continue reading

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“Yet indiscretion thereby grows direct,/And falsehood falsehood cures, as fire cools fire/Within the scorched veins of one new burned.

King John Act Three By Dennis Abrams ——————————– Act Three:  After the wedding, Constance berates King Philip and the Duke of Austria for their weakness but is interrupted by the arrival of Cardinal Pandolf, the papal legate.  The Cardinal tells … Continue reading

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“What makes Faulconbridge’s startling reality (or, if you prefer, the illusion of such reality) possible?”

King John An Introduction By Dennis Abrams ———————- The Life and Death of King John can be thought of as the chronicle play that got away.  Set in an earlier period of medieval history than the two “tetralogies,” it is … Continue reading

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