Monthly Archives: March 2019

David Bruce: William Shakespeare’s TIMON OF ATHENS: A Retelling in Prose — Act 4, Scene 1

— 4.1 — Outside the wall protecting Athens, Timon said to himself, “Let me look back upon you. Oh, you wall, which girdles and keeps in those wolves, dive into the earth, and cease to be a protective fence around … Continue reading

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David Bruce: Practical Jokes Anecdotes

• Years ago, almost everyone working for the Denver Morning Postwas fired when the newspaper folded. H. Allen Smith, who had been offered a job with the Evening Post, got drunk out of sympathy for his fellow reporters. A young woman … Continue reading

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David Bruce: Dante’s PARADISE: A Discussion Guide — “Canto 17: Mars — Cacciaguida’s Prophecy”

“Canto 17: Mars — Cacciaguida’s Prophecy” Which prophecy does Cacciaguida make, and how does Dante react to it? Now that Cacciaguida has talked about the past and the present, he begins to talk about the future. (Beatrice encourages Dante to … Continue reading

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David Bruce: William Shakespeare’s TIMON OF ATHENS: A Retelling in Prose — Act 3, Scene 6

— 3.6 — The banqueting room in Timon’s house was filled with tables and busy servants as several lords, Senators, and other people entered. Musicians played. The first lord said, “Good day to you, sir.” “I also wish a good … Continue reading

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David Bruce: Dante’s PARADISE: A Discussion Guide — “Canto 16: Mars — Cacciaguida’s Florence”

“Canto 16: Mars — Cacciaguida’s Florence” Can Dante properly take pride in having Cacciaguida as an ancestor? Dante takes pride in his ancestor, and he says that he now understands why men on Earth take “pride in noble blood” (Musa … Continue reading

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David Bruce: William Shakespeare’s TIMON OF ATHENS: A Retelling in Prose — Act 3, Scenes 4-5

— 3.4 — Two of Varro’s servants and one of Lucius’ servants arrived outside Timon’s house, where they met Titus, Hortensius, and other servants of Timon’s creditors. All of them waited for Timon to come out of his house. Varro’s … Continue reading

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David Bruce: Dante’s PARADISE: A Discussion Guide — “Canto 15: Mars — Cacciaguida”

“Canto 15: Mars — Cacciaguida” Why are Cantos 15, 16, and 17 important? In Cantos 15-17, Dante meets his great-great grandfather, who tells him his great mission to accomplish on Earth: to write The Divine Comedy. Cantos 15-17 are the … Continue reading

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David Bruce: William Shakespeare’s TIMON OF ATHENS: A Retelling in Prose — Chapter 3, Scenes 1-3

— 3.1 — Alone, Flaminius waited in a room in Lucullus’ house. A servant arrived and said to him, “I have told my lord about you; he is coming down to you.” “I thank you, sir.” Lucullus entered the room, … Continue reading

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David Bruce: Dante’s PARADISE: A Discussion Guide — “Canto 13: Sun — Saint Thomas Aquinas Discusses Solomon” and “Canto 14: Sun — Solomon; Mars — Symbolic Cross”

“Canto 13: Sun — Saint Thomas Aquinas Discusses Solomon” What does Saint Thomas mean when he says that Solomon has no equal in wisdom? St. Thomas is aware that Dante believes that God’s light shone brightest in Adam, the first … Continue reading

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David Bruce: William Shakespeare’s TIMON OF ATHENS: A Retelling in Prose — Act 2, Scenes 1-2

— 2.1 — Examining some financial papers in his house, a Senator said to himself about Timon, “… and lately, five thousand. To Varro and to Isidore he owes nine thousand; besides my former sum, which makes it five and … Continue reading

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