Tag Archives: Hal

“All the world’s a stage,/And all the men and women merely players.”

As You Like It Act Two By Dennis Abrams ———————————— Act Two:  Word quickly spreads of the cousins’ disappearance, and Duke Frederick recruits Oliver to join in the search.  Hearing that his brother intends to kill him, Orlando flees.  In … Continue reading

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“Henry the Sixth, in infant bands crowned king/Of France and England, did this king succeed;/Whose state so many had the managing/That they lost France and made his England bleed.”

Henry V Act Five By Dennis Abrams ————————— Act Five:  At a peace conference in France, the two sides negotiate terms – one of which is a marriage between Henry and Catherine.  Henry privately courts and woos here and she … Continue reading

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“I know thee not, old man. Fall to thy prayers.”

Henry IV Part Two Act Five, Part Two By Dennis Abrams In my last post we looked at Marjorie Garber’s take on Act Five and the rejection of Falstaff – basically, that in order to assume his role as “king” … Continue reading

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“Presume not that I am the thing I was.”

Henry IV Part Two Act Five, Part One By Dennis Abrams ——————————– Act Five:  As reports spread that Hal has inherited the throne, the courtiers question his ability.  Falstaff certainly believes that his friend has no intention whatsoever of reforming, … Continue reading

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“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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“O Harry, thou hast robbed me of my youth.”

Henry IV, Part One Act Five By Dennis Abrams —————————————– Act Five:  Not trusting the King’s offer of clemency, Worcester remains convinced that the rebels must fight, and the Battle of Shrewsbury begins.  Although Henry has arranged for several soldiers … Continue reading

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