Today’s Totally Random Lines   Nay, he...
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by Pete Blagys
4d ago
  Today’s Totally Random Lines   Nay, he reserved a blanket, else we had been all shamed.   Fool King Lear               Act III, Scene iv, Line 64 We’ve got a scene with Lear, who’s going mad, Edgar, who’s pretending to be mad, Kent, who’s fully sane and acting so, and Fool, who’s the sanest one there, though playing the role of the fool. They’ve just come across Edgar who’s pretending to be poor Tom the beggar/madman.  Lear assumes that since he, Lear, is going mad because he has been mistreated by his daughter ..read more
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  Today’s Totally Random Lines   In soot...
Totally Random Daily Shakespeare
by Pete Blagys
4d ago
  Today’s Totally Random Lines   In sooth, good friend, your father might have kept This calf, bred from his cow, from all the world; In sooth, he might: then, if he were my brother’s, My brother might not claim him; nor your father, Being none of his, refuse him: this concludes,-- My mother’s son did get your father’s heir; Your father’s heir must have your father’s land.   King John King John               Act I, Scene i, Line 123 Oh boy! So here’s what we have. Two brothers have come before the king to have him arb ..read more
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  Today’s Totally Random Lines   All is ...
Totally Random Daily Shakespeare
by Pete Blagys
6d ago
  Today’s Totally Random Lines   All is well yet.--   Posthumus Leontanus Cymbeline              Act II, Scene iv, Line 39 I guess that the word yet means that Posthumus is waiting for something to happen. What could it be? All is well yet for the bug that's between the sunshade and the window. However, all will not be well for the sunshade if our hero keeps this up.  I got up and raised the shade after taking these pics. I'm not sure if all is still well for that bug ..read more
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  Today’s Totally Random Lines   More di...
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by Pete Blagys
1w ago
  Today’s Totally Random Lines   More direful hap betide that hated wretch, That makes us wretched by the death of thee, Than I can wish to adders, spiders, toads, Or any creeping venom’d thing that lives!   Lady Anne King Richard the Third                 Act I, Scene ii, Line 20 Here we have Lady Anne, the daughter-in-law of Henry VI, mourning over the former’s dead body. Henry, and Henry’s son Edward, who was Lady Anne’s husband, were both killed by Richard, and that’s the hated wretch she’s referring to ..read more
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  Today’s Totally Random Lines   Stay, f...
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by Pete Blagys
2w ago
  Today’s Totally Random Lines   Stay, father! For that noble hand of thine, That hath thrown down so many enemies, Shall not be sent: my hand will serve the turn:   Lucius Titus Andronicus   Act III, Scene i, Line 110 Lucius is trying to give his father a hand here. Sorry, I couldn’t resist that one. Okay, so Aaron the Moor has come in and told the folks at Titus’s house that Titus’s other two sons are about to be executed for a crime they didn’t commit. But, says Aaron, the emperor has decided to spare them if Titus will send his severed hand in their stead. This ..read more
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  Today’s Totally Random Lines   The cro...
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by Pete Blagys
2w ago
  Today’s Totally Random Lines   The crown o’the earth doth melt.—My lord! O, wither’d is the garland of the war, The soldiers’ pole is faln: young boys and girls Are level now with men; the odds is gone, And there is nothing left remarkable Beneath the visiting moon.   Cleopatra Antony and Cleopatra    Act IV, Scene iv, Line 67 These are the first words out of the mouth of Cleopatra after Antony dies, admittedly a little hard to understand. Let’s take a shot at a Pete’s version this morning. I’ll enlist the help of G.B. Harrison’s footnotes.  The crown of ..read more
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  Today’s Totally Random Lines   One sco...
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by Pete Blagys
2w ago
  Today’s Totally Random Lines   One score ‘twixt sun and sun, Madam’s, enough for you , and too much too. Pisanio Cymbeline              Act III, Scene ii, Line 70 Today’s Lines are the answer to Imogen’s question How many score of miles may we ride Twixt hour and hour? So Imogen wants to know how many miles they can go per hour, but Pisanio answers how many miles they can go per day. One score; that’s twenty miles. Remember? Four score and seven years ago our fathers brought forth… Eighty-seven years between 1776 and th ..read more
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  Today’s Totally Random Lines   My brot...
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by Pete Blagys
2w ago
  Today’s Totally Random Lines   My brother was too careless of his charge.—   Earl of Warwick Henry the Sixth Part III                Act IV, Scene vi, Line 86 So then, who was the Earl’s brother, what was his charge (responsibility), and how did he come up short. Well, I don’t know who the Earl’s brother was, but apparently his charge was to guard Edward. We’re talking about Edward of the Yorks who deposed Henry the Sixth only to be deposed himself. This is the part of the story where the crown goes back a ..read more
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by Pete Blagys
2w ago
                       If you please, Be’t at her father’s.      Duke Othello                    Act I, Scene iii, Line 240 The question is where Desdemona will go when Othello, her newly-wed husband, goes off to fight the Turks. The Duke suggests that she stay with her father. However, Brabantio (Desdemona’s father), Othello, and Desdemona all say no way Jose! to that. What on earth was the Duke thinking? Obviously he has n ..read more
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  Today’s Totally Random Lines   My poor...
Totally Random Daily Shakespeare
by Pete Blagys
3w ago
  Today’s Totally Random Lines   My poor body, madam, requires it: I am driven on by the flesh; and he must needs go that the devil drives.      Lavache All’s Well That Ends Well     Act I, Scene iii, Line 30 Okay. Lavache, a servant of the Countess, is talking to the Countess and asking her permission to marry Isabel, another servant of the Countess. Today’s Lines are Lavache’s reply to the Countess’s question of why Lavache wants to marry. The answer above makes Lavache sound like a bit of a cad. However, just previous to this Lavache had s ..read more
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