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David Bruce: William Shakespeare’s THE WINTER’S TALE: A Retelling in Prose — Act 5, Scenes 1-3 (Conclusion)

 — 5.1 — In a room of the palace in Sicily, King Leontes, Cleomenes, Dion, and Paulina were speaking. Some gentlemen were also present. Cleomenes and Dion were the two lords whom King Leontes had sent to consult the oracle … Continue reading

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David Bruce: William Shakespeare’s THE WINTER’S TALE: A Retelling in Prose — Act 4, Scene 4

 — 4.4 — Prince Florizel and Perdita talked together in front of the old shepherd’s cottage. Both were dressed for the festival. Florizel was dressed as a shepherd because he was in disguise, but because Perdita was the Hostess of … Continue reading

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David Bruce: William Shakespeare’s THE WINTER’S TALE: A Retelling in Prose — Act 4, Scene 3

 — 4.3 — Autolycus, a scamp who lacked morals, sang on a road near the shepherd’s cottage. Autolycus was thoroughly selfish, but he was not below occasionally doing a good deed, as long as it happened by accident. Autolycus sang, … Continue reading

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David Bruce: William Shakespeare’s THE WINTER’S TALE: A Retelling in Prose — Act 3, Scene 3 – Act 4, Scenes 1-2

 — 3.3 — Antigonus, who was carrying Queen Hermione’s infant daughter, and a mariner talked on the seacoast of Bohemia. Bohemia is a landlocked country that has no seacoast. Strange things happen in Bohemia. Antigonus asked, “You are certain then … Continue reading

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David Bruce: William Shakespeare’s THE WINTER’S TALE: A Retelling in Prose — Act 3, Scenes 1-2

— 3.1 — Outside an inn in Sicily, Cleomenes and Dion were talking. Cleomenes said about Delphos, which was sacred to the god Apollo, whose birthplace it was, “The climate is delightful, the air most sweet, the island fertile, and … Continue reading

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David Bruce: William Shakespeare’s THE WINTER’S TALE: A Retelling in Prose — Act 2, Scene 3

 — 2.3 — King Leontes was alone in a room in his palace. He said to himself, “I cannot sleep either at night nor during the day. I am showing weakness — mere weakness — in this. If only the … Continue reading

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David Bruce: William Shakespeare’s THE WINTER’S TALE: A Retelling in Prose — Act 2, Scenes 1-2

— 2.1 — In a room in King Leontes’ palace, Queen Hermione; her son, Mamillius; and some ladies were present. Playfully, Queen Hermione said to the first lady, “Take the boy. He so pesters me that I can’t endure it.” … Continue reading

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David Bruce: William Shakespeare’s THE WINTER’S TALE: A Retelling in Prose — Act 1, Scene 2

 — 1.2 — In a room of state in the palace were Leontes, King of Sicily; Hermione, his wife; Mamillius, their son; Polixenes, King of Bohemia; Camillo, a courtier from Sicily; and some attendants. Using the royal plural, King Polixenes … Continue reading

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David Bruce: William Shakespeare’s THE WINTER’S TALE: A Retelling in Prose — Cast of Characters and Act 1, Scene 1

CAST OF CHARACTERS MALE CHARACTERS LEONTES, King of Sicily. MAMILLIUS, young Prince of Sicily. CAMILLO, ANTIGONUS, CLEOMENES, and DION, Lords of Sicily. POLIXENES, King of Bohemia.                         FLORIZEL, his Son. ARCHIDAMUS, a Lord of Bohemia. A Mariner. A Jailer. An old … Continue reading

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David Bruce: William Shakespeare’s THE TWO GENTLEMEN OF VERONA: A Retelling in Prose — Act 5, Scenes 1-4 (Conclusion)

— 5.1 — Sir Eglamour arrived at the abbey in Milan where Friar Patrick had his cell. He said to himself, “The Sun begins to gild the western sky, and now it is about the very hour that Silvia, at … Continue reading

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