the hilarity ensues.
here's what's going on in act 4:
lots of stuff. to make a lot of information incredibly simple, the gold chain has become the catalyst for a crescendo of confusion. A of S has it, but A of E is asked for payment for it. A of E is arrested for non-payment and D of S is sent for bail money. he gets it, but runs into A of S before he finds A of E again.
following me? concentrate!
D of S runs into A of S, so now A of S has the A of E's gold chain and his money. a courtesan runs into him requesting her ring which A of E has. she gets P.O.'d and resolves to go to Adriana and take care of business. oh. snap. D of E runs into A of E, and of course does not have the bail money. Adriana and Luciana also show up. A and D of E are both deemed to be mad and carted off. Adriana decides to go talk to the goldsmith to straighten things out and A and D of S decide to high tail it out of town.
it feels like a lot is going on in this act. the pace is quick, the twists are numerous, but it is kinda the same joke over and over again in different disguises. that is partly the genius of it all, but also partly why this play, as susan mentioned earlier, would be a lot more fun to watch than to read. there were 2 more beatings in this act to add to the heap. i imagine lots of running about and a wicked fast pace.
i'm thinking, based on what i've read in the play's introduction and what's going on in the play...
does Shakespeare have an obsession of sorts with unruly women? why?
is he purposefully questioning the notion of marriage? how and to what extent?
of course we will be able to examine this more as we go, but how is it forming now?
we are currently in mine hill, new jersey visiting our dear friends ace and alexis fuentes and their phenomenal family. i told them today that i think i want this blog to be a little more personal. maybe relating it to life will make this whole thing more interesting? so ace says, "well did you fart today?" ... he's got a point there. i'm working out exactly what it is.
quote of the day:
'i cannot, nor i will not, hold me still.
my tongue, though not my heart, shall have his will.
he is deformed, crooked, old, and sere,
ill faced, worse bodied, shapeless everywhere;
vicious, ungentle, foolish, blunt, unkind,
stigmatical in making, worse in mind.'
-Adriana; act 4, scene 2
for tomorrow: act 5