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David Bruce: William Shakespeare’s “Antony and Cleopatra”: A Retelling in Prose — Act 1, Scene 5

— 1.5 — In Cleopatra’s palace in Alexandria, Cleopatra, Charmian, Iras, and the eunuch Mardian were speaking. Cleopatra said, “Charmian!” “Madam?” Cleopatra yawned from boredom and said, “Give me mandragora — a narcotic — to drink.” “Why, madam?” “So that … Continue reading

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David Bruce: William Shakespeare’s “Antony and Cleopatra”: A Retelling in Prose — Act 1, Scene 4

— 1.4 — In a room of Octavius Caesar’s house, two of the triumvirs — Octavius and Lepidus — were meeting in the presence of some servants. Octavius Caesar was reading a letter. He said to Lepidus, “Now you may … Continue reading

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David Bruce: William Shakespeare’s “Antony and Cleopatra”: A Retelling in Prose — Act 1, Scene 3

— 1.3 — In another room of the palace, Cleopatra, Charmian, Iras, and Alexas were talking. “Where is Mark Antony?” Cleopatra asked. “I have not seen him recently,” Charmian said. “See where he is, who is with him, and what … Continue reading

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David Bruce: William Shakespeare’s “Antony and Cleopatra”: A Retelling in Prose — Act 1, Scene 2

— 1.2 — In another room in Cleopatra’s palace stood Charmian and Iras, two of Cleopatra’s female attendants, and Alexas, one of Cleopatra’s male attendants. A soothsayer who predicted fortunes was a short distance away. Charmian, Iras, and Alexas were … Continue reading

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David Bruce: William Shakespeare’s “Antony and Cleopatra”: A Retelling in Prose — Cast of Characters-Act 1, Scene 1

CAST OF CHARACTERS MALE CHARACTERS MARK ANTONY, OCTAVIUS CAESAR, and MARCUS AEMILIUS LEPIDUS: Triumvirs. SEXTUS POMPEY, son of Pompey the Great. DOMITIUS ENOBARBUS, VENTIDIUS, EROS, SCARUS, DERCETUS, DEMETRIUS, and PHILO: Friends to Mark Antony. MAECENAS, AGRIPPA, DOLABELLA, PROCULEIUS, THIDIAS, and … Continue reading

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David Bruce: “William Shakespeare’s ‘All’s Well That Ends Well’: A Retelling in Prose” — Act 5, Scene 3-Epilogue

— 5.3 — The King of France, the Countess, Lafeu, the two French lords, and some attendants were in a room in the Count of Rousillon’s palace. Using the royal plural, the King said to the Countess, “We lost a … Continue reading

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David Bruce: “William Shakespeare’s ‘All’s Well That Ends Well’: A Retelling in Prose” — Act 5, Scenes 1-2

— 5.1 — Helena, the widow, and Diana, accompanied by two attendants, stood on a street in Marseilles. Helena said, “But this exceedingly great haste as we journey day and night must be wearing your spirits low. We cannot help … Continue reading

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