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“I have been studying how I may compare/This prison where I live unto the world;/And for because the world is populous,/And here is not a creature but myself,/I cannot do it. Yet I’ll hammer it out.”

Richard II Act Five, Part Two By Dennis Abrams ———————- From Goddard, picking up from my last post: “Richard, taken, ominously, not to the Tower as announced but to the dungeon of Pomfret castle, soliloquizes on this very theme of … Continue reading

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“Then am I kinged again, and by and by/Think that I am unkinged by Bolingbroke,And straight am nothing.”

Richard II Act Five, Part One By Dennis Abrams ————————— Act Five:  York and his wife are discussing Bolingbroke’s huge popular support when they discover that none other than their son Aumerle is guilty of plotting against Bolingbroke.  York rushes … 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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“This happy little breed of men, this little world,/This precious stone set in the silver sea,/Which serves it in the office of a wall,/Or as the moat defensive to a house /Against the envy of less happier lands;/This blessed plot, this earth, this realm, this England…”

Richard II Act Two, Part One By Dennis Abrams ——————————— Act Two:  Joined by the Duke of York, the dying Gaunt bemoans the state of the country, which is struggling under Richard’s increasingly unpopular rule – a point that Gaunt … Continue reading

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