Monthly Archives: October 2018

David Bruce: William Shakespeare’s KING LEAR: A Retelling in Prose — Act 1, Scene 4

— 1.4 — In a hall in the castle of the Duke of Albany and his wife, Goneril, Kent stood. He was in disguise. He said to himself, “If I can disguise my voice with an accent, I may succeed … Continue reading

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David Bruce: William Shakespeare’s KING LEAR: A Retelling in Prose — Act 1, Scenes 2-3

— 1.2 — Holding a letter while alone in a room in the Earl of Gloucester’s castle, Edmund said to himself, “You, Nature, are my goddess; to your law my services are bound. The laws of Nature are better than … Continue reading

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

CAST OF CHARACTERS Lear, King of Britain; King Lear is over 80 years old. King of France. Duke of Burgundy. Duke of Cornwall. Duke of Albany. Earl of Kent. Earl of Gloucester (pronounced Gloster). Edgar, legitimate son to Gloucester. Edmund, … Continue reading

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

— 4.3 — Arthur, wearing the clothing of a ship-boy, stood on a wall of the castle in which he was imprisoned. He said to himself, “The wall is high, and yet I will leap down. Good ground, be pitiful … Continue reading

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

— 4.2 — King John, the Earl of Pembroke, the Earl of Salisbury, and some other lords met. King John had recently been crowned again. When he had been excommunicated, his subjects had been released from their vows of loyalty … Continue reading

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David Bruce: William Shakespeare’s KING JOHN: A Retelling in Prose — Act 4, Scene 1

— 4.1 — Hubert and some executioners met in a room in the castle where Arthur was being held prisoner. Hubert said to the executioners, “Heat these irons hot for me, and standin the alcove behind the wall hanging. When … Continue reading

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