Monthly Archives: June 2019

David Bruce: George Peele’s THE OLD WIVES’ TALE: A Retelling — Cast of Characters and Scene 1

CAST OF CHARACTERS Contemporary Characters: Antic. A Servant. An antic person is a ludicrous person. Frolic. A Servant. A frolicsome person is a merry, playful person. Fantastic. A Servant. A fantastic person is a fanciful person. Clunch. A Blacksmith. Madge. … Continue reading

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David Bruce: George Peele’s THE ARRAIGNMENT OF PARIS: A Retelling — Act 5, Scene 1 and Epilogue

— 5.1 — Diana, Juno, Pallas, and Venus talked together. Diana said, “Ladies, far beyond what I hoped for and wanted, you see, this thankless task is imposed on me; if you will rest as well content as Diana will … Continue reading

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David Bruce: George Peele’s THE ARRAIGNMENT OF PARIS: A Retelling — Act 4, Scenes 1-4

— 4.1 — Vulcan, the husband of Venus, was chasing oneof Diana’s nymphs in Diana’s grove. Vulcan walked and ran with a limp. “Why, nymph, for what reason do you need to run so fast? So what if I am … Continue reading

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David Bruce: George Peele’s THE ARRAIGNMENT OF PARIS: A Retelling — Act 3, Scenes 5-6

— 3.5 — Venus, Paris, and the shepherds Hobbinol, Diggon, and Thenot talked together. The shepherds had told Venus about Colin’s death, which had been caused by Thestylis not returninghis love. Venus was carrying the golden ball that Paris had … Continue reading

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David Bruce: George Peele’s THE ARRAIGNMENT OF PARIS: A Retelling — Act 3, Scenes 1-4

— 3.1 — Colin, a shepherd who was in love with a young woman named Thestylis, sangthis love song: “Oh, gentle Love, ungentle [unkind] for thy deed, “Thou mak’st [make] my heart “A bloody mark “With piercing shot to bleed!” … Continue reading

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David Bruce: George Peele’s THE ARRAIGNMENT OF PARIS: A Retelling — Act 2, Scenes 1-2

— 2.1 — Juno, Pallas, and Venus talked together. Venus said, “But please, tell me, Juno, was what Pallas told me here about the tale of Echo true?” Echo was a nymph who kept Juno distracted while her husband, Jupiter, … Continue reading

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David Bruce: George Peele’s THE ARRAIGNMENT OF PARIS: A Retelling — Act 1, Scene 5

— 1.5 — Paris and Oenone talked together. Paris was a prince of Troy, and Oenone was a nymph whom he was courting. Paris said, “Oenone, while we are here until we are disposed to walk, tell me what shall … Continue reading

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