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“Welcome ever smiles,/And farewell goes out sighing.”

Troilus and Cressida Act Four By Dennis Abrams —————————————- Aeneas breaks the news to Troilus: Diomedes has arrived with Antenor, who is to be exchanged for Cressida With little time left, the couple tearfully exchange love tokens, and Troilus begs … Continue reading

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“The strings, my lord, are false.”

Julius Caesar Act Four By Dennis Abrams —————————— Act Four:  Antony, Octavius Caesar and Lepidus have assumed the leadership of Rome.  Meanwhile, Antony and Cassius combine their forces at Sardis, but the two men quarrel when Brutus accuses Cassius of … 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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“So a’ cried out ‘God, God, God!’ three or four times. Now I, to comfort him, bid him a’ should not think of God; I hoped there was no need to trouble himself with any such thoughts yet.”

Henry V Act Two By Dennis Abrams ———————————- Act Two:  As the country prepared for war, Bardolph, Nim and Pistol play to enlist, but end up brawling.  They are interrupted by a summons to Falstaff, who, broken by Henry’s rejection … Continue reading

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“No one in the play understands Falstaff fully, any more than Hamlet was understood by the persons around him. They are both men of genius.”

Henry IV Part Two Act Five, Part Three By Dennis Abrams ————————- I’ve decided to give the last word on Act Five and the Rejection of Falstaff to one of my favorite critics of Shakespeare. A.C. Bradley, who gave this … 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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