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“I like not such grinning honour as Sir Walter hath. Give me life…”

Henry IV, Part One Act Five, Part Two By Dennis Abrams ———————————– I’d like to start today’s post where I usually end:  with a film clip.  This is from Orson Welles’ masterpiece, Chimes at Midnight.  As I’m sure you’ve noticed, … 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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“Tut, tut! Good enough to toss; food for powder, food for powder. They’ll fill a pit as good as better. Tush, man, mortal men, mortal men.”

Henry IV, Part One Act Four By Dennis Abrams ———————- Act Four:  Rumors of Hal’s unexpected appearance reach the rebels, already reeling from bad news about Northumberland (who is seriously ill), and Glendower’s army (badly unprepared and not yet available).  … Continue reading

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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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“It is difficult to imagine that a historical play as good as Henry IV will ever again be written.”

An Introduction to Henry IV, Part One By Dennis Abrams “No play of Shakespeare’s is better than Henry IV…History as a dramatic form ripens here to a point past which no further growth is possible.” If Richard II is a … Continue reading

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