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David Bruce: William Shakespeare’s KING LEAR: A Retelling Prose — Act 3, Scenes 3-4

— 3.3 — The Earl of Gloucester and his illegitimate son, Edmund, spoke together in a room in his castle. “It’s sad, Edmund. I do not like this unnatural treatment of fathers. When I asked for permission from the Duke … Continue reading

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David Bruce: Food Anecdotes

Ice skating coach Frank Carroll (who is now Michelle Kwan’s coach) once explained to a mischievous young skater named Christopher Bowman — at the request of the young boy’s mother, who felt Christopher was growing pudgy — the importance of … Continue reading

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David Bruce: William Shakespeare’s KING LEAR: A Retelling in Prose — Act 3, Scenes 1-2

— 3.1 — The storm raged on the heath. The disguised Kent and the gentleman, who was another of King Lear’s followers, met. The disguised Kent had been separated from King Lear by the storm. “Who’s there, besides foul weather?” … Continue reading

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David Bruce: William Shakespeare’s KING LEAR: A Retelling in Prose — Act 2, Scene 4

— 2.4 — King Lear, the Fool, and a gentleman who served King Lear arrived at the courtyard of the Earl of Gloucester’s castle. They were close to the disguised Kent, King Lear’s messenger, who was still in the stocks. … Continue reading

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David Bruce: Flowers Anecdotes

A nobleman deeply loved his garden of chrysanthemums. In fact, he loved the flowers more than he loved his wife, and he used to severely punish anyone who accidentally broke off a blossom while walking in his garden. Zen master … Continue reading

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David Bruce: William Shakespeare’s KING LEAR: A Retelling in Prose — Act 2, Scenes 2-3

— 2.2 — The disguised Kent and Oswald, Goneril’s steward, met in front of the Earl of Gloucester’s castle. The time was a little before dawn. Oswald said, “Good dawning to you, friend. Are you a servant in this castle?” … Continue reading

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David Bruce: William Shakespeare’s KING LEAR: A Retelling in Prose — Act 1, Scene – Act 2, Scene 1

— 1.5 — In the courtyard of the Duke of Albany’s palace stood King Lear, the disguised Kent, and the Fool. King Lear said to the disguised Kent, “Go ahead of us to Gloucester with this letter. Acquaint my daughter … Continue reading

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