Hamlet was fun. Now I’m doing Cymbeline
I wrote responses to Hamlet, one line at a time. I finished a while ago but only just finished getting them all uploaded. Now it’s time to start uploading the Cymbeline I started a couple of years ago. The posts are all a bit behind this moment because of this.
Why Cymbeline? It’s my favorite of Shakespeare’s plays.
But no courtier, Although they wear their faces to the bent Of the king’s looks, hath a heart that is not Glad at the thing they scowl at.
This is a very weird court where the courtiers feel obligated to mirror the faces of the king. I know there has been, historically, some weird imitative behavior royalty-wise – like the reason that Spaniards make their Sss sound like ths is because they once had a king with a lisp – but this seemsContinue reading “But no courtier, Although they wear their faces to the bent Of the king’s looks, hath a heart that is not Glad at the thing they scowl at.”
And here is the Queen who is also un-named here at the beginning but unlike the rest of them, she will remain so. She has no other name but Queen. I am so very curious about why this is so. Shakespeare generally has no trouble naming characters. Cornelius and Voltemand don’t have much to sayContinue reading “So is the queen, That most desired the match;”