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“All yet seems well…”

All’s Well That Ends Well Act Five, Part Two By Dennis Abrams ——————————– To conclude our examination of this most problematic of plays, All’s Well That Ends Well, I’d like to start with this from A.D. Nuttall’s Shakespeare The Thinker, … Continue reading

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“If she, my liege, can make me know this clearly/I’ll love her dearly, ever, ever, dearly.”

All’s Well That Ends Well Act Five, Part One By Dennis Abrams —————————— Act Five:  Bertram returns to France and is pardoned by the King. When he offers an engagement ring for Lafew’s daughter, however, the King recognizes it as … Continue reading

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“Simply the thing that I am shall make me live.”

All’s Well That Ends Well Act Four By Dennis Abrams ———————————————– Act Four:  The two plots move forward.  Disguised as enemy soldiers, the Dumaine brothers ambush Parolles and interrogate him. When he nonchalantly slanders his comrades, they remove his blindfold … Continue reading

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“When thou can’st get the ring upon my finger, which never shall come off, and show me a child begotten of thy body that I am father to, then call me husband, but in such a ‘then’ I write a ‘never.’”

All’s Well That Ends Well Act Three By Dennis Abrams ——————————— Act Three:  The Countess’s delight on hearing the news of the marriage quickly turns sour when she receives a letter from Bertram declaring that he has fled. Helena announces … Continue reading

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“I’ll to the Tuscan wars and never bed her.”

All’s Well That Ends Well Act Two By Dennis Abrams Act Two:  The King agrees to Helen’s treatment and to her request that if she succeeds, he will guarantee her the husband of her choosing.  He rapidly improves under her … Continue reading

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“Twas pretty, though a plague,/To see him every hour, to sit and draw/His arched brows, his hawking eye, his curls,/In our heart’s table – heart too capable/Of every line and trick of his sweet favour.””

All’s Well That Ends Well Act One By Dennis Abrams ——————————– MAJOR CHARACTERS Countess of Roussillon, a widow Bertram, Count of Roussillon, the Countess’s son Helena, a doctor’s daughter and the Countess’s servant Lavatch, a clown in the Countess’s service … Continue reading

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“Fundamentally, we seem to misunderstand “All’s Well That Ends Well,” from Samuel Johnson, master of all Shakespeare critics, down to the present.”

Introduction to All’s Well That Ends Well By Dennis Abrams —————— On the surface, it’s a simple tale of a poor physician’s daughter who finds her prince and succeeds in marrying him, but exposed along the way is the realization … Continue reading

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You define who you are by your reaction to Falstaff…Those who do not care for Falstaff are in love with time, death, the state, and the censor.”

Introduction to Henry IV, Part Two By Dennis Abrams Is it possible for a sequel (other than The Godfather, Part Two of course) equal the original?  In the case of Henry IV, Part Two, the answer is a resounding yes. … Continue reading

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“No, I assure you, the wall is down that parted their fathers”

A Midsummer Night’s Dream Act Five By Dennis Abrams —————————– Act Five:  Following the weddings of all three couples (Theseus and Hippolyta, Hermia and Lysander, Helena and Demetrius), Theseus demands entertainment which the artisans provide – to the court’s increasing … Continue reading

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“I will get Peter Quince to write a ballad of this dream:/it shall be called ‘Bottom’s Dream,’ because it hath no bottom;”

A Midsummer Night’s Dream Act Four By Dennis Abrams ——————————————- Act Four:  Oberon takes pity on Titania and decides to undo the spell. She is appalled to find Bottom in her arms, but when Puck removes Bottom’s ass-head, the fairy … Continue reading

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