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David Bruce: William Shakespeare’s “Antony and Cleopatra”: A Retelling in Prose — Act 2, Scene 5

— 2.5 — In a room of Cleopatra’s palace in Alexandria, Egypt, Cleopatra, Charmian, Iras, and Alexas were speaking. Some attendants were also present. Cleopatra, who was moody because she was thinking of the absent Mark Antony, ordered, “Give me … Continue reading

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Dante Inferno, Canto 8: PHLEGYAS

Canto 8: PHLEGYAS Engraver: Gustave Doré *** PHLEGYAS *** Phlegyas’ anger Apollo raped his daughter So he burned temple *** Gods are dangerous Apollo killed Phlegyas Phlegyas in Hell *** Phlegyas works now Ferries souls across the Styx To lower … Continue reading

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David Bruce: William Shakespeare’s “Antony and Cleopatra”: A Retelling in Prose — Act 2, Scenes 3-4

— 2.3 — Standing in a room in Octavius Caesar’s house were Mark Antony and Octavius Caesar; Octavia was standing in between them. Some attendants were also present. Mark Antony said to Octavia, “The world and my great position will … Continue reading

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

— 2.2 — Enobarbus talked with Lepidus in a room of Lepidus’ house in Rome. Lepidus, who wanted peace between Octavius Caesar and Mark Antony, said, “Good Enobarbus, it will be a worthy deed and shall become you well if … Continue reading

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davidbrucehaiku: art attacks

https://pixabay.com/en/martial-arts-silhuetten-muay-thai-291049/ *** ART ATTACKS *** Life has art attacks Be prepared to surrender To sudden beauty

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

— 2.1 — Sextus Pompey was meeting with the famous pirates Menecrates and Menas in a room of his house in Sicily. Sextus Pompey said, “If the great gods are just, they shall assist the deeds of the justest men.” … Continue reading

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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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