Tag Archives: John of Gaunt

“But I will rise there with so full a glory/That I will dazzle all the eyes of France,/Yea, strike the Dauphin blind to look on us.”

Henry V Act One By Dennis Abrams ——————————- MAJOR CHARACTERS Chorus, introducing the action THE ENGLISH King Henry V of England (aka Harry) Dukes of Gloucester and Clarence, Henry’s brothers Duke of Exeter, Henry’s uncle Duke of York Earls of … Continue reading

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“How I came by the crown, O God, forgive! And grant it may with thee in true peace live.”

Henry IV Part Two Act Four By Dennis Abrams ————————— Act Four:  York, Mowbray and Hastings, commanding the rebel forces in Gaultres Forest, are unimpressed by Northumberland’s flight to Scotland.  When they address their grievances to Hal’s brother, Prince John … Continue reading

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“By heaven, Poins, I feel me much to blame/So idly to profane the precious time.”

Henry IV Part Two Act Two By Dennis Abrams ——————————– Act Two:  Mistress Quickly attempts to have Falstaff arrested for fraud, but he manages (yet again) to talk his way out of it by renewing his promise to marry her, … Continue reading

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“I do; I will.”

Henry IV, Part One Act Two, Part Two By Dennis Abrams —————————– I want to start off with something I alluded to in my last post – the leap that Shakespeare made in Henry IV, Part One in his use … 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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“For God’s sake let us sit upon the ground /And tell sad stories about the death of kings.”

Richard II Act Three, Part One By Dennis Abrams ——————————— Act Three:  Returning to face the emergency from Ireland, Richard faces an impossible situation:  his army has been dispersed, three of his closest friends have been executed by Bolingbroke, and … Continue reading

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“What dies with John of Gaunt? Nothing less than a vision of the world.”

Richard II Act Two, Part Two By Dennis Abrams ————————- As I was re-reading Act Two of Richard II last night, I was struck by the bitterness in the exchange between the dying John of Gaunt, Ill in myself to … Continue reading

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