Monthly Archives: September 2018

David Bruce: William Shakespeare’s KING JOHN: A Retelling in Prose — Act 3, Scenes 2-4

— 3.2 — The armies had been fighting for a while. The Bastard, holding the cut-off head of the Duke of Austria, stood on the battlefield. By killing the Duke of Austria, who had received the credit for killing Richard … Continue reading

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David Bruce: William Shakespeare’s KING JOHN: A Retelling in Prose — Act 3, Scene 1

— 3.1 — Constance, Arthur, and the Earl of Salisbury spoke together in the French King’s pavilion. The Earl of Salisbury had brought Constance news about the marriage of Louis the Dauphin and Blanche, niece of King John. Constance said … Continue reading

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David Bruce: William Shakespeare’s KING JOHN: A Retelling in Prose — Act 2, Scene 1

— 2.1 — Before the city of Angiers in France, two groups of people met. Angiers was a possession of England. In one group were the Duke of Austria and some of his forces, including drummers. In the other group … Continue reading

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David Bruce: William Shakespeare’s KING JOHN: A Retelling in Prose — Cast of Characters and Act 1, Scene 1

CAST OF CHARACTERS Male Characters King John of England. Prince Henry, son to the King; after King John’s death, he becomes King Henry III of England. Arthur, Duke of Bretagne, nephew to the King; his father was King John’s older … Continue reading

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David Bruce: William Shakespeare’s JULIUS CAESAR: A Retelling in Prose — Act 5, Scenes 1-5 (Conclusion)

— 5.1 — On the plains of Philippi, Octavius was talking to Mark Antony. Their troops were camped on the plains. “Now, Antony, our hopes are answered,” Octavius said. “The enemy forces have made a tactical mistake. You said that … Continue reading

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David Bruce: William Shakespeare’s JULIUS CAESAR: A Retelling in Prose — Act 4, Scene 3

 — 4.3 — Inside Brutus’ tent, Brutus and Cassius argued. “Here is a way that you have wronged me,” Cassius said. “You have found guilty and publicly disgraced Lucius Pellafor taking bribes here from the Sardians. I sent you letters … Continue reading

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David Bruce: William Shakespeare’s JULIUS CAESAR: A Retelling in Prose — Act 4, Scenes 1-2

 — 4.1 — In a house in Rome, Antony, Octavius, and Lepidus were seated at a table. They had joined together to seize power and to divide the Roman territory into three parts — Europe, Asia, and Africa — that … Continue reading

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David Bruce: William Shakespeare’s JULIUS CAESAR: A Retelling in Prose — Act 3, Scenes 2-3

 — 3.2 — In the Forum were Brutus, Cassius, and many common citizens of Rome. The citizens shouted, “We will be satisfied! Let us be given a satisfactory explanation!” “Then follow me,” Brutus said, “and listen to what I have … Continue reading

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David Bruce: William Shakespeare’s JULIUS CAESAR: A Retelling in Prose

 — 3.1 — In front of the Capitol, Julius Caesar and many others were standing. Among them were Artemidorus and the soothsayer, Brutus, Cassius, Casca, Decius Brutus, Metellus Cimber, Trebonius, Cinna, Mark Antony, Lepidus, PopiliusLena, Publius, and others. Caesar said … Continue reading

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David Bruce: William Shakespeare’s JULIUS CAESAR: A Retelling in Prose — Act 2, Scenes 2-4

— 2.2 — Julius Caesar was alone in a room in his house. Outside, the storm continued to thunder and lightning. Caesar said to himself, “Neither Heaven nor Earth has been at peace tonight. Three times my wife, Calpurnia, has … Continue reading

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