Monthly Archives: February 2019

David Bruce: William Shakespeare’s ROMEO AND JULIET: A Retelling in Prose — Act 5, Scene 3 (Conclusion)

 — 5.3 — In the churchyard where the tomb of the Capulets was located, Paris and his servant arrived that night. They were carrying flowers and a torch. “Give me the torch,” Paris said to his servant. “Go over there … Continue reading

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David Bruce: Dante’s PURGATORY: A Discussion Guide — “Canto 19: Fifth Ledge — Avarice and Wastefulness”

Canto 19: Fifth Ledge — Avarice and Wastefulness Which three sins are purged on the final three ledges of purification? The threesins purged on the final three ledges of purification are avarice (and wastefulness), gluttony, and lust. Interpret Dante the … Continue reading

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David Bruce: Letters Anecdotes

For a while, writers Ben Hecht and Charles MacArthur ran a movie studio in which they produced their own scripts. They had a policy of not responding to letters, instead hiring someone to burn their mail each day, unread. However, … Continue reading

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David Bruce: William Shakespeare’s ROMEO AND JULIET: A Retelling in Prose — Act 5, Scenes 1-2

 — 5.1 — Romeo, alone on a street in Mantua, said to himself, “If I may trust the truth — if it is not deceiving — of dreams, my dreams foretell good news and happiness for me. My heart is … Continue reading

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David Bruce: Dante’s PURGATORY: A Discussion Guide — “Canto 18: Fourth Ledge — Sloth (Abbot of San Zeno)”

Canto 18: Fourth Ledge — Sloth (Abbot of San Zeno) Do we also need faith in addition to intellect? Intellect will not solve all of our problems or tell us everything that we ought to know. We have had an … Continue reading

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David Bruce: William Shakespeare’s ROMEO AND JULIET: A Retelling in Prose — Act 4, Scene 5

 — 4.5 — The Nurse entered Juliet’s bedchamber to awaken her. She said, “Juliet, wake up! I bet that you are still fast asleep, slugabed. Why aren’t you saying something? Well, you should get your rest. Count Paris will make … Continue reading

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David Bruce: Dante’s PURGATORY: A Discussion Guide —”Canto 17: Fourth Ledge — Sloth”

Canto 17: Fourth Ledge — Sloth Briefly describe the exempla (examples) of Wrath that are presented in Canto 17. When the smoke thins out, Dante sees a few visions that are exempla (examples) of Wrath (Sinful Rage). 1) Procne, Who … Continue reading

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