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“Agamemnon is a fool to offer to command Achilles; Achilles is a fool to be commanded of Agamemnon; Thersites is a fool to serve such a fool; And Patroclus is a fool positive.”

Troilus and Cressida Act Five By Dennis Abrams ——————————- Act Five:  During the feasting on the eve of battle, Ulysses takes Troilus to Calchas’ tent to find Cressida. As they approach, they spy on Cressida as she flirts with Diomedes … Continue reading

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“Time hath, my lord,/A wallet at his back, wherein he puts/Alms for oblivion, a great-sized monster/Of ingratitudes.”

Troilus and Cressida Act Three, Part Two By Dennis Abrams ————————————— From Marjorie Garber: “Another of Ulysses’ remarkable and resonant speeches, echoing down the ages, will demonstrate a similar point. [MY NOTE:  She’s referring to Thersites’ parody of his ‘degree’ … Continue reading

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“What’s aught but as ‘tis valued?”

Troilus and Cressida Act Two By Dennis Abrams —————————- Act Two:  Ajax questions Thersites about what is going on, but is answered with insults. Achilles arrives (with his friend/lover Patroclus) and tells Ajax about Hector’s challenge, but Achilles response is … Continue reading

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“The work of a man whose soul is poisoned with filth.”

Troilus and Cressida An Introduction By Dennis Abrams ———————- It was once memorably described as “the work of a man whose soul is poisoned with filth.”  That work, Troilus and Cressida, has consistently scandalized critics over the four centuries since … 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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