By Jane Smiley
A profitable Iowa farmer comes to a decision to divide his farm among his 3 daughters. while the youngest gadgets, she is minimize out of his will. This units off a series of occasions that brings darkish truths to mild and explodes long-suppressed feelings. An formidable reimagining of Shakespeare’s King Lear forged upon a customary American neighborhood within the past due 20th century, A Thousand Acres takes on topics of fact, justice, love, and delight, and divulges the attractive but treacherous topography of humanity.
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18. Rowse, 98n. 19. Oliver, Taming of the Shrew,98n. 20. Robert B. , The Taming of the Shrew (New York: Signet, 1966), 54n. 21. Attempts to tie “Soto” to a 1620 play by John Fletcher, Women Pleased, have failed both on narrative and chronological grounds—though Heilman conjectures that “Soto” was inserted into Shakespeare’s text between 1620 and Shrew’s publication in 1623 (Taming of the Shrew, 48n). xxxiv some essentials of the s h a k e s p e a r e a n s tag e The Stage • There was no scenery (backdrops, ﬂats, and so on).
These ﬁfteen years you have been in a dream, Or when you waked, so71 waked as if you slept. Sly These ﬁfteen years! By my fay,72 a goodly73 nap, 80 But did I never speak of 74 all that time? 82 Servant 3 Why sir, you know no house, nor no such maid, Nor no such men as you have reckoned up,83 As Stephen Sly, and old John Naps of Greece,84 And Peter Turf, and Henry Pimpernell, And twenty more such names and men as these, Which never were, nor no man ever saw. 85 All Amen. 87 enter Page, as a lady, with Attendants Page Sly How fares88 my noble lord?
There is a lord will hear you play118 tonight, 90 But I am doubtful of your modesties,119 Lest – over-eying of 120 his odd behavior, For yet121 his honor never heard a play – You break122 into some merry passion123 And so124 offend him. 125 Player Fear not my lord, we can contain ourselves, Were he126 the veriest antic127 in the world. ” And then with kind144 embracements, tempting kisses, 129 lack* (verb) 130 can give/supply 131 see him = see to it that he is 132 all suits like = completely in the clothing of 133 gentlewoman 134 escort, bring 135 do him obeisance = pay him respect 136 regard, favor 137 is to bear 138 honorable action = decent/respectful behavior* 139 husbands 140 performed 141 humble, submissive (positive sense)* 142 lady love (“object of chivalric devotion”) 143 lowly (positive sense) 144 proper, natural* 11 105 110 115 introduction 120 125 • scene 1 And with declining head into his bosom145 Bid him146 shed tears, as being overjoyed To see her noble lord restored to health, Who for this seven years hath esteemed him147 No better than a poor and loathsome beggar.