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David Bruce: John Ford’s THE LOVER’S MELANCHOLY: A Retelling — Act 2, Scene 2

— 2.2 — Cleophila and Trollio talked together in an apartment at the castle. Cleophila was Meleander’s daughter, and Trollio was Meleander’s manservant. “Tread softly, Trollio,” Cleophila said. “My father is still sleeping.” “Yes, indeed, he is,” Trollio said, “but … Continue reading

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David Bruce: John Ford’s THE LOVER’S MELANCHOLY: A RETELLING — Act 2, Scene 1

— 2.1 — Sophronos and Aretus talked together in an apartment in the palace. Sophronos was Prince Palador’s counselor, and Aretus was Prince Palador’s tutor. A tutor manages the affairs of a person who is incapable of doing so himself. … Continue reading

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David Bruce: John Ford’s THE LOVER’S MELANCHOLY: A Retelling — Act 1, Scene 3

— 1.3 — Amethus and Thamasta, his sister, talked together in a room in Thamasta’s house. Kala, Thamasta’s waiting-maid, was present. “Does this look good?” Amethus asked. “What do you want me to do?” Thamasta asked. “I don’t want you … Continue reading

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David Bruce: John Ford’s THE LOVER’S MELANCHOLY: A Retelling — Act 1, Scene 2

— 1.2 — Rhetias, a reduced-in-status courtier who was carelessly dressed, stood alone in another room in the palace. He was so reduced in status that foolish courtiers such as Pelias called him “sirrah,” a term that a man of … Continue reading

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David Bruce: John Ford’s THE LOVER’S MELANCHOLY: A Retelling — Cast of Characters, Prologue, and Act 1, Scene 1

CAST OF CHARACTERS Male Characters PALADOR, prince of Cyprus. His late father was named Agenor. AMETHUS, cousin to Prince Palador. MELEANDER, an old lord. Formerly a statesman to Prince Palador’s father. SOPHRONOS, brother to Meleander, and counselor to Prince Palador. … Continue reading

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David Bruce: THE FAMOUS VICTORIES OF HENRY V: A Retelling — Scenes 20-12

— Scene 20 — Derrick, standing on the battlefield with his belt full of shoes and boots, said to himself, “What now? By God’s wounds, it did me good to see how I triumphed over the Frenchmen.” John Cobbler arrived, … Continue reading

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David Bruce: THE FAMOUS VICTORIES OF HENRY V: A Retelling — Scenes 17-19

— Scene 17 — John Cobbler and Robin Pewterer talked together. “Now, John Cobbler, did you see how King Henry V conducted himself?” “But, Robin, did you see what a military strategy the King had? To see how the Frenchmen … Continue reading

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