Cliffsnotes Shakespeare's Comedies by Gary K. Carey, James Lamar Roberts

By Gary K. Carey, James Lamar Roberts

Seventeen of the handfuls of Shakespeare's performs are comedies through definition, and the learn of them is improved once they are grouped jointly. listed below are whole summaries and commentaries, made to be had in a single easy-to-access quantity.

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Proteus arrives with "comforting" words ("Time is the nurse and breeder of all good"). He suggests that Valentine accept banishment, satisfying himself with letters to Silvia, which Proteus promises to deliver: "Thy letters may be here, though thou art hence; / Which, being writ to me, shall be delivered / Even in the milk-white bosom of thy love" (III. i. 248-50). Shakespeare has Speed and Launce discuss the merits of the latter's loved one, itemized on a sheet of paper that he carries with him.

Before poor Adriana has had time to catch her breath, her "husband" and his servant return. It is Antipholus of S. : Luciana: God, for thy mercy! they are loose again. Adriana: And come with naked [drawn] swords. Lets call more help to have them bound again. Officer: Away! they'll kill us! ") (IV. iv. 147-51) Though Dromio of S. feels that "they will surely do us no harm," Antipholus is determined to leave the city at once. Commentary The urgency of time presses on the action in Scene 1 as the com- Page 25 ings and goings speed up in the presence of a merchant feverishly trying to collect his bills.

The measure of comedy here, and the speed of the scene, which begins with a flogging and ends with a quick escape, is at its most frenetically enjoyable. Whatever can go wrong, it seems, does. " Act V Summary While Angelo the goldsmith explains his predicament to another merchant and explains that Antipholus (normally "of very reverend reputation") has the gold chain, Antipholus of S. and his Dromio enter. Antipholus wears the chain and feels himself defiled as a "villain" by the merchant and Angelo, who accuse him of nonpayment.

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