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“This is the monstruosity in love, lady: that the will is infinite, and the execution confined: that the desire is boundless, and the act a slave to limit.”

Troilus and Cressida Act Three, Part One By Dennis Abrams ————————- Act Three:  Pandarus has finally arranged a meeting between Troilus and Cressida, but doesn’t exactly leave them alone. Initially nervous, the couple make a vow of mutual constancy before … 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 rest is silence.”

Hamlet Act Five, Part Five By Dennis Abrams ———————————- And here we are…at the end of Hamlet.  Not that it ever ends, really.  As Bloom says, “His play of some four thousand lines is Shakespeare’s longest and yet is not … Continue reading

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“How all occasions to inform against me,/And spur my dull revenge.”

Hamlet Act Four, Part Three By Dennis Abrams ———————————- One point I’d like to make right off the bat:  We’ve talked a lot about Shakespeare’s use of “doubling” throughout Hamlet – but I don’t think the Hamlet/Ophelia doubling has been … Continue reading

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“And with a look so piteous in purport/As if he had been loosed out of hell/To speak of horrors, he comes before me.”

Hamlet Act Two, Part Two By Dennis Abrams ———————- How’s everybody doing on their reading?  Is the pace OK?  Too fast?  Too slow?  I read the first scene last night, will move on to the scene two tonight.  There’s a … Continue reading

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“Beware the ides of March.”

Julius Caesar Act One By Dennis Abrams ———————- Major Characters Julius Caesar (later a Ghost) Calpurnia, Caesar’s wife The conspirators against Caesar:  Marcus Brutus, Caius Cassius, Casca, Trebonius, Decius Brutus, Metellus Cimber, Cinna and Caius Ligarius Portia, Brutus’s wife Lucius, … 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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