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David Bruce: William Shakespeare’s ROMEO AND JULIET: A Retelling in Prose — Act 2, Prologue and Scenes 1-2

Prologue Romeo’s old “love” for Rosaline has now died, replaced by Romeo’s new love for Juliet. Romeo had suffered during his “love” for Rosaline and he had thought that he would die, but Rosaline’s beauty could not compare with the … Continue reading

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David Bruce: Dante’s INFERNO: A Discussion Guide — “Canto 7: Prepurgatory — The Negligent Princes”

Canto 7: Prepurgatory — The Negligent Princes How does Sordello react when he learns that he has embraced the great Virgil? Sordello asks Dante and Virgil more about who they are, and Virgil introduces himself: “Or ever to this mountain … Continue reading

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David Bruce: William Shakespeare’s ROMEO AND JULIET — Act 1, Scenes 4-5

 — 1.4 — On a street of Verona, Romeo, Mercutio, Benvolio, and five or six other people wearing masks and some people holding torches to provide light were heading to Old Capulet’s party. Mercutio was neither a Montague nor a … Continue reading

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David Bruce: Dante’s PURGATORY: A Discussion Guide — “Canto 6: Prepurgatory — Sordello”

Canto 6: Prepurgatory — Sordello Often we will see linkage in The Divine Comedy. For example, Inferno6 and Purgatory6 are both about politics (as isParadise6). We will see a broadening of perspective as we go from the Inferno to Purgatory … Continue reading

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David Bruce: William Shakespeare’s ROMEO AND JULIET: A Retelling in Prose — Act 1, Scenes 2-3

 — 1.2 — In his mansion, Old Capulet was planning a party, one that he held annually. He also was hosting Count Paris. A relative of the Prince, Paris would be an important political ally if he would marry Juliet, … Continue reading

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David Bruce: Dante’s PURGATORY: A Discussion Guide — “Canto 5: Prepurgatory — Those Who Repented While Meeting Violent, Sudden Deaths”

Canto 5: Prepurgatory — Those Who Repented While Meeting Violent, Sudden Deaths Which group of repentant sinners does Dante run into in Canto 5 (the third class of the Late Repentant sinners)? The third group of the Late Repentant consists … Continue reading

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David Bruce: William Shakespeare’s ROMEO AND JULIET: A Retelling in Prose — Cast of Characters, Prologue, and Act 1, Scene 1

Cast of Characters Juliet — Capulet’s daughter
 Romeo — Montague’s son
 Mercutio — Kinsman to the Prince of Verona and friend of Romeo
 Tybalt — Lady Capulet’s nephew and Juliet’s cousin
 The Nurse — Juliet’s nursemaid
 Friar Lawrence — A … Continue reading

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