Monthly Archives: October 2019

David Bruce: John Ford’s THE BR)KEN HEART: A Retelling — Act 3, Scenes 1-2

— 3.1 — Tecnicus and Orgilus were speaking together in Tecnicus’ study. Orgilus was not disguised. “Be well advised,” Tecnicus said. “Don’t let a resolution of giddy rashness choke the breath of reason.” “It shall not, most sage master,” Orgilus … Continue reading

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David Bruce: John Ford’s THE BROKEN HEART: A Retelling — Act 2, Scene 3

— 2.3 — Prophilus and Penthea arrived in the grove in the king’s garden. Prophilus said, “In this walk, lady, your brother will find you. With your permission, allow me to prepare you a little for your meeting with your … Continue reading

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David Bruce: John Ford’s THE BROKEN HEART: A Retelling — Act 2, Scene 2

— 2.2 — Ithocles stood alone in his apartment in the palace. He said to himself, “Ambition! It is like the vipers’ breed: It gnaws a passage through the womb that gave it motion.” This society believed that vipers gave … Continue reading

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David Bruce: John Ford’s THE BROKEN HEART: A Retelling — Act 2, Scene 1

— 2.1 — Bassanes and Phulas, one of his servants, talked together in a room in Bassanes’ house. “I’ll have that window next to the street blocked up,” Bassanes said. “It gives too full a prospect to temptation, and it … Continue reading

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David Bruce: John Ford’s THE BROKEN HEART: A Retelling — Act 1, Scene 3

— 1.3 — The gardens of the palace included a grove. The philosopher Tecnicus and Orgilus, who was disguised like one of Tecnicus’ pupils, talked together within that grove. Orgilus was holding a book. Tecnicus said, “Tempt not the stars; … Continue reading

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David Bruce: John Ford’s THE BROKEN HEART: A Retelling — Act 1, Scene 2

— 1.2 — In a room in his palace, Amyclas the Spartan King, Armostes, and Prophilus were meeting. Courtiers and attendants were present. Armostes was a councilor of state, and he was the uncle of Ithocles. Prophilus was a friend … Continue reading

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David Bruce: John Ford’s THE BROKEN HEART: A Retelling — Cast of Characters and Act 1, Scene 1

CAST OF CHARACTERS The Speakers’ Names Fitted to their Qualities Amelus: Trusty, young Friend to Nearchus, Prince of Argos. Amyclas: Historical name common to the Kings of Laconia.King of Sparta. Armostes: an Appeaser, a Counselor of State. Uncle to Ithocles … Continue reading

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