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Thursday, November 6, 2014

The Comedy of Errors - Act III

The Comedy of Errors
Act III

No longer from head to foot than from hip to hip: she is spherical, like a globe; I could find out countries in her.

Good grief.

I probably wouldn’t be the first to remark that Shakespeare can be tough going at times. That's definitely the case here. I have lost the thread of the narrative. Maybe I never had a firm grasp of it in the first place.

I’ve tried not to do any research into the plays before reading them but by the middle of Act III I was so befuddled that I took a peek at the Dramatis Personae. It reveals that there is an Antipholus of Ephesus and an Antipholus of Syracuse and that they are twin brothers and sons to Ægeon and Æmilia. And there is a Dromio of Ephesus and a Dromio of Syracuse and they are twin brothers and they are attendants on the two Antipholuses.

Not one of Shakespeare's finer moments if you ask me.

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