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“O you heavenly charmers,/What things you make of us! For what we lack/We laugh, for what we have we are sorry; still/Are children in some kind.”

The Two Noble Kinsmen Act Five By Dennis Abrams —————— Act Five: Palamon and Arcite, each accompanied by three knights, separately pray for success, while Emilia prays that whoever loves her best will emerge victorious. Back at the jail, the … Continue reading

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“There’s nothing level in our cursed natures,/But direct villany. Therefore, be abhorr’d /All feasts, societies, and throngs of men!”

Timon of Athens Act Four By Dennis Abrams ——————————– Act Four:  Although his servants remain loyal to him, Timon is now driven insane with anger; he curses the city and its residents, and leaves to lives in the woods. While … Continue reading

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“His promises fly so beyond his state/That what he speaks is all in debt, he owes/For every word.”

Timon of Athens Act One By Dennis Abrams —————- MAJOR CHARACTERS Lord Timon of Athens Lords and Senators of Athens Timon’s false friends: Lucius, Lucullus, Sempronius and Ventidus Alcibiades, an Athenian soldier Apemantus, an ill-tempered philosopher Servants of Timon’s various … Continue reading

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“Everyone has (or I presume should have) particular favorites among Shakespeare’s plays, however much they worship Falstaff, Hamlet, Lear, and Cleopatra. Mine are Measure for Measure and Macbeth.”

Sexual Hypocrisy in Vienna! An Introduction to William Shakespeare’s Measure for Measure By Dennis Abrams ———————————— Although it’s set in Vienna, Measure for Measure, Shakespeare unsettling comedy of sex in the city, seems to reflect more closely than anything else … Continue reading

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“Agamemnon is a fool to offer to command Achilles; Achilles is a fool to be commanded of Agamemnon; Thersites is a fool to serve such a fool; And Patroclus is a fool positive.”

Troilus and Cressida Act Five By Dennis Abrams ——————————- Act Five:  During the feasting on the eve of battle, Ulysses takes Troilus to Calchas’ tent to find Cressida. As they approach, they spy on Cressida as she flirts with Diomedes … Continue reading

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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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“Time hath, my lord,/A wallet at his back, wherein he puts/Alms for oblivion, a great-sized monster/Of ingratitudes.”

Troilus and Cressida Act Three, Part Two By Dennis Abrams ————————————— From Marjorie Garber: “Another of Ulysses’ remarkable and resonant speeches, echoing down the ages, will demonstrate a similar point. [MY NOTE:  She’s referring to Thersites’ parody of his ‘degree’ … Continue reading

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