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David Bruce: George Peele’s THE OLD WIVES’ TALE: A Retelling — Scenes 11-12

— Scene 11 — At an inn, the hostess and the Ghost of Jack set food on the table and fiddlers came to play. Eumenides walked up and down, and he would eat no food. “What do you say, sir?” … Continue reading

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David Bruce: George Peele’s THE OLD WIVES’ TALE: A Retelling — Scenes 9-10

— Scene 9 — Zantippa, the ill-tempered daughter, walked to the Well of Life with a pitcher in her hand. “Now for a husband, house, and home,” she said to herself, “May God send me a good husband or none, … Continue reading

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David Bruce: George Peele’s THE OLD WIVES’ TALE: A Retelling — Scenes 6-8

— Scene 6 — Eumenides, a knight errant, aka wandering knight, arrived at the cross. He said to himself, “Tell me, Time. Tell me, just Time: “When shall I see Delia? “When shall I see the loadstar — the guiding … Continue reading

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David Bruce: George Peele’s THE OLD WIVES’ TALE: A Retelling — Scenes 4-5

— Scene 4 — Huanebango and Booby the Clown arrived at the cross marking the crossroads. Huanebango was a braggart knightwho carried a two-hand sword: It was long and heavy and required two hands to wield it, and itwas old-fashioned. … Continue reading

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David Bruce: George Peele’s THE OLD WIVES’ TALE: A Retelling — Scenes 2-3

— Scene 2 — Two brothers came to a cross that marked a three-way intersection. “Be quiet, gammer,” Frolic said. “Here some come to tell your tale for you.” “Let them alone,” Fantastic said. “Let us hear what they will … Continue reading

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David Bruce: George Peele’s THE OLD WIVES’ TALE: A Retelling — Cast of Characters and Scene 1

CAST OF CHARACTERS Contemporary Characters: Antic. A Servant. An antic person is a ludicrous person. Frolic. A Servant. A frolicsome person is a merry, playful person. Fantastic. A Servant. A fantastic person is a fanciful person. Clunch. A Blacksmith. Madge. … Continue reading

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David Bruce: George Peele’s THE ARRAIGNMENT OF PARIS: A Retelling — Act 5, Scene 1 and Epilogue

— 5.1 — Diana, Juno, Pallas, and Venus talked together. Diana said, “Ladies, far beyond what I hoped for and wanted, you see, this thankless task is imposed on me; if you will rest as well content as Diana will … Continue reading

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