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David Bruce: George Peele’s DAVID AND BATHSHEBA, AND THE TRAGEDY OF ABSALOM: A Retelling — Scene 5 and Chorus 1

— Scene 5 — In Jerusalem, King David and his trainof attendants met David’s son Absalom. King David asked, “My Absalom, what are thou doing here alone, and why do thou bear such displeasure in thy brows?” “Absalom has great … Continue reading

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David Bruce: George Peele’s DAVID AND BATHSHEBA, AND THE TRAGEDY OF ABSALOM: A Retelling — Scene 4

— Scene 4 — Amnon thrust Thamar outside his house. Jethray, his servant, was present. Ammon said, “Go away from my bed, you whose sight offends my soul as does the vomit of bears!” His half-sister, Thamar, said, “Unkind, unprincely, … Continue reading

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David Bruce: George Peele’s DAVID AND BATHSHEBA, AND THE TRAGEDY OF ABSALOM: A Retelling — Scenes 2-3

— Scene 2 — Joab, Abisai, and Uriah stood before the walls of the city of Rabbah, the capital city of Ammon. Others, including a drummer and an ensign who carried the army’s banner, were present.Joab, the commanding officer, was … Continue reading

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David Bruce: George Peele’s DAVID AND BATHSHEBA, AND THE TRAGEDY OF ABSALOM: A Retelling — Cast of Characters, Prologue, Scene 1

CAST OF CHARACTERS David and his Family: David, King of Israel and Judah. Cusay, a lord, and follower of David. Amnon, son of David by David’s first wife: Ahinoam. He is David’s oldest son. Jethray, Servant to Amnon. Chileab, son … Continue reading

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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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