Sunday, June 30, 2013
Sc2 - Page, Shallow, and Slender are hiding in a ditch waiting for the trick to begin. Slender reveals that he and Anne devised a code word so that they will know each other while wearing masks, and be able to run off together.
Sc3 - Mistress Page confides with the doctor about Anne wearing green. They get ready for the trick to begin.
Sc4 - Very quickly Hugh enters leading the ferries.
Sc5 - The wives meet Falstaff a the forest and the trap is set. The fairies rush out and scare Falstaff, until the wives return with their husbands and intervene. The scold Falstaff and he sits up feeling like an ass. Slender returns with a boy in white saying that he grabbed the wrong person and almost married him. Then Caius returns in a rage with a boy in green, saying that he too grabbed the wrong person but did marry him. Confused, the parents wonder what happen to Anne. Fenton and Anne enter, and they tell of their love. The parents are happy and everyone rejoices, and the entire party heads back to the Ford's house for a celebration.
This was a very simple play with some sometimes very difficult language. I think the plot twists were lots of fun, and there were many mirroring stories as is usual in Shakespeare. It was a bit harder to enjoy Falstaff because not all of the insults always came through. On the other hand, he did have his moments, and seeing him get thrown out in a basket, dressed as a women and beaten over the head, and then scared by a bunch of children was amusing. In the end everything works out well for everyone, just as is the common model for the comedies.
I remember now also that Verdi did an opera Falstaff, and I think the story there is much simpler and more fun.
Saturday, June 29, 2013
Sc1 - Lots of characters and some hard to follow language. I count there groups, Justice Shallow, Sir Hugh Evans, and Slender, who open the play and set the plan to marry Anne Page in order to procure her dowry. Next is Sir Page, Mistress Page, and Mistress Ford, along with Pages daughter Anne Page. Shallow and friends go to Pages house to resolve a dispute with the third group, Falstaff, Pistol, Bardolph, and Nym, who have made appearances in other Henry plays.
Wednesday, June 26, 2013
Sc1 - Eglamore waits for Silvia as she suddenly comes running past. She shouts for them to both hurry to cover of the forest because she fears someone is tailing her.
Sc2 - Thurio, Proteus, and Julia as page enter talking about Silvia's feelings for Thurio. With every soft answer Proteus gives Thurio Julia gives a walloping aside to the crowd.
The Duke enters and determines that Silvia has fled, and the chase for them in the woods is on.
Sc3 - Silvia is captured by the outlaws, but Eglamore got away. The outlaws intend to bring Silvia to see their captain.
Sc4 - Everything wraps up nicely, which I think I remember being a common quality in the comedies. Valentine sees Proteus, Silvia, and Julia as page coming by so he quickly hides. Then he overhears Proteus demand Silvia because he just saved her from the outlaws. At this point Valentine jumps forth and makes himself know, embarrassing Proteus and delighting Silvia. Proteus apologizes in the face of Valentine, who accepts. Next Julia reveals herself by displaying her two rings. Proteus questions why he ever stopped loving her, and the two embrace. Last, the Duke and and Thurio enter. Thurio blesses Valentine with Silvia, and the Duke blesses Valentine with his love and acceptance. All the outlaws are pardoned and marriages are planned.
This play seemed very simple, I think maybe it is on of Shakespeare's earliest.
Sc1 - Valentine is confronted in the forest but becomes king of the outlaws when they realize his skill at language and similar banishment.
Sc2 - Julia arrives in Verona in time to overhear Proteus singing to Silvia for Thurio and then after confessing his own love for Silvia. Silvia doesn't buy it and reminds Proteus of his other love and the friend he back stabbed. Julia, listening but unseen, is crushed.
Sc3 - Silvia makes a plan to travel to Mantua in search o Valentine. Sir Eglamore will accompany her.
Sc4 - A brief episode with Launce trying recalling how he tried to make his dog a gift for Silvia because the cuter, smaller dog Proteus sent him to buy escaped at the market. Julia, disguised as a page, delivers a message of love to Silvia from Proteus. Julia hears firsthand Silvia's disdain for the infidelities of Proteus, and even though she is crushed by his betrayal, this display of true love and honesty motivates her. She looks almost alike if not better than Silvia, so she decides to win her love back.
Sc1 - Proteus hatches his plan and tells the duke of Valentine and Silvia's plan to escape. The Duke entraps Valentine on his way and gets Valentine to reveal the rope ladder under his cloak. Thus he is banished. In despair he can think of nothing but death. Proteus and Launce meet Valentine on the way out of the city and encourage him to go and keep his love by writing to Proteus, who will then deliver the letters to Silvia.
As Proteus and Valentine depart Launce reflects that his master is very evil. Speed show up and Launce delays him by having him read a love letter. Speed is late to meet his master so he rushes off.
Sc2 - The Duke, Proteus, and Thurio make a plan to deal with the upset Silvia. Proteus will meet with Silvia and tell of how bad Valentine is while at the same time buffering Thurio's reputation. Of course the situation favors Proteus who now is the access point for all messages of love destined for Silvia.
Tuesday, June 25, 2013
Proteus says goodbye to Julia and the two lament their parting. They exchange rings.
We meet Launce, the clown, with his dog. His dog is the only person (animal) not moved by Launce's parting for Verona. Launce is comical in his sadness but is quickly called away by Panthino.
Valentine and Proteus meet again in Verona. Together they go to Silvia who is being attended by Thurio. I think Thurio is a contending suitor, but it wasn't so clear. Thurio doesn't like Valentine and her makes this clear, the two of them battling with words. Silvia treats Valentine like a dog, but still his love for her persists.
After everyone exits the stage Proteus announces his love for Silvia, so quickly his love for Julia vanishing.
Launce arrives in Verona and meets Speed. Speed wants to know of Julia and Proteus's parting, but Launce will only wind his words. Launce is in need of a few drinks. Speed trys to tell of Valentine and how he has become a hot lover, but Launce pretends not to care. The two head off drinking.
Proteus alone enters the stage and siloquizes his situation. He will lose Julia if he goes for Silvia, and he will lose his friend too. But if he doesn't go for Silvia he will lose himself. He decides to forget about Julia and declare Valentine an enemy.
Valentine and Silvia are planning to meet this night. Proteus decides to ward Julia's father in hopes of getting Valentine caught and banished. Julia's father prefers Thurio for his daughter's hand, but Proteus has a trick in mind to take care of him as well.
Back in Milan Julia longs for Proteus. She tells her maid, Lucetta, that she plans to travel to Verona disguised as a male page. She tells how she is afraid of the journey, but for a man as true as Proteus, it will be worth any price.
Sunday, June 23, 2013
From my tab, act 2 take us to Verona. Valentine and his page Speed have an interesting interaction talking about the lovely Silvia, whom Valentine adores. The page seems to think his master a bit silly and laughs when Silvia asks Valentine to write her a letter to send to someone that she loves. Valentine obeys and Speed tries to point out that perhaps the someone Silva loves is Valentine himself.
Saturday, June 22, 2013
Proteus enters reading a love letter from Julia, but he doesn't want to show his father in case his father takes exception. Proteus makes the excuse that he would love to be of with Valentine, and coming on the heels of Panthino's suggestion, Antonio takes up the bluff.
Thursday, June 20, 2013
Act 1 - 3 scenes
Act 2 - 7 scenes
Act 3 - 2 scenes
Act 4 - 4 scenes
Act 5 - 4 scenes
I'm using MIT site because its easy and I've used it before.
It is hard to budget one act a day, because some scenes run long. It is better to go by scene and stop between if needed.
Act 1 - Scene 1
We're in Verona, we've got two gents, Valentine and Proteus, whose names I'm sure are laced with some meaning connected from Greek mythology.
Valentine leaves for Milan and makes fun of Proteus for having a girlfriend, or at least a Crush, while Valentine is free. Speed enters.
Speed is Valentine's servant, and is looking for him. Proteus had Speed deliver a letter to his affection, Julia. Proteus is after lust and love, Valentine is after honor and reputation. Speed and Proteus bicker about payment for delivery, then Speed runs off.
Even after only one scene I've encountered more interesting words than a day's worth of reading the news gives me.
Comedies (9 for 16)
1. The Tempest - READ
2. The Two Gentlemen of Verona
3. The Merry Wives of Windsor
4. Measure for Measure - READ
5. The Comedy of Errors - READ
6. Much Ado About Noting - READ
7. Love's Labour's Lost - READ
8. A Midsummer Night's Dream - READ
9. The Merchant of Venice - READ
10. As You Like It
11. The Taming of the Shrew - READ
12. Alls Well That Ends Well
13. Twelfth Night - READ
14. The Winter's Tale
15. Pericles, Prince of Tyre
16. The Two Noble Kinsmen
Histories (8 for 10)
1. King John
2. Richard II - READ
3. Henry IV, Part 1 - READ
4. Henry IV, Part 2 - READ
5. Henry V - READ
6. Henry VI, Part 1 - READ
7. Henry VI, Part 2 - READ
8. Henry VI, Part 3 - READ
9. Richard III - READ
10. Henry VIII
Tragedies (7 for 12)
1. Troilus and Cressida
3. Titus Andronicus - READ
4. Romeo and Juliet - READ
5. Timon of Athens
6. Julius Ceasar -READ
7. Macbeth - READ
8. Hamlet - READ
9. King Lear - READ
10. Othello- READ
11. Antony and Cleopatra
This is just what I remember, and it totals out to 24 of the 38, leaving 14 plays left to read. I'll make a quick schedule now.
1. The Two Gentlemen of Verona
2. The Merry Wives of Windsor
3. As You Like It
4. Alls Well That Ends Well
5. The Winter's Tale
6. Pericles, Prince of Tyre
7. The Two Noble Kinsmen
8. King John
9. Henry VIII
10. Troilus and Cressida
12. Timon of Athens
13. Antony and Cleopatra
If I went at the pace of a play a week I'd be done by the end of September with time to spare. Realistically I should finish sooner, but probably won't. I guess I'll start in and see what happens.