Daily Archives: November 6, 2019

David Bruce: John Ford’s THE BROKEN HEART: A Retelling — Act 5, Scene 3 (Conclusion)

— 5.3 — In a temple stood an altar covered with white; on it were two candles of purified wax. The music of recorders sounded. Four people carried in Ithocles on a hearse. He was wearing a rich robe and … Continue reading

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David Bruce: John Ford’s THE BROKEN HEART: A Retelling — Act 5, Scene 2

— 5.2 — Many people walked into a stateroom in the palace to celebrate the wedding of Euphrania and Prophilus. Two men escorted Euphrania, the bride: Groneas and Hemophil. Two women escorted Prophilus, the groom: Chrystalla and Philema. Nearchus escorted … Continue reading

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David Bruce: John Ford’s THE BROKEN HEART: A Retelling — Act 5, Scene 1

— 5.1 — Bassanes stood alone in a room in his house. He said to himself, “Athens — to Athens I have sent, the nursery of Greece for learning and the fountain of knowledge;for here in Sparta there’s not left … Continue reading

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David Bruce: John Ford’s THE BROKEN HEART: A Retelling — Act 4, Scene 4

— 4.4 — In Penthea’s apartment in the palace, her body reclined on a chair. She was veiled. With her were Chrystalla and Philema, sitting at her feet and mourning. Two other servants brought in two chairs, one on Penthea’s … Continue reading

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David Bruce: John Ford’s THE BROKEN HEART: A Retelling — Act 4, Scene 3

— 4.3 — Hemophil and Groneas helped King Amyclas sit on a chair in a room in the palace. Armostes, carrying a box, entered the room. With him were Crotolon and Prophilus.  “Our daughter is not near?” King Amyclas asked. … Continue reading

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David Bruce: John Ford’s THE BROKEN HEART: A Retelling — Act 4, Scene 2

— 4.2 — Bassanes and his servants Grausis and Phulaswere talking together in aroom in Bassanes’ house. Bassanes had repented his jealousy and his unfair treatment of his wife, Penthea. Bassanes said to his servants, “Please, engage in your recreations; … Continue reading

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David Bruce: John Ford’s THE BROKEN HEART: A Retelling — Act 4, Scene 1

— 4.1 — In Ithocles’ apartment in the palace, Ithocles and Armostes talked. Armostes, Ithocles’ uncle, was worried about Ithocles’ friendship with Orgilus. Ithocles said, “Stop your inquisition. Excessive care has too subtle and too searching a nature. In fears … Continue reading

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