it's official. i've read some Shakespeare. i have to admit that i'm a little rusty. it took forever to get in the groove, but in the groove i am getting. bring it.
basically, here's what's up so far:
Egeon has been arrested for unlawfully being in Ephesus. he tells a woeful tale of his wife, twin sons, and their twin servants who were all separated at sea. the son (Antipholus of Syracuse) and servant (Dromio of Syracuse) who were separated with Egeon have come to Ephesus to look for the mother and other set of twins (Antipholus and Dromio of Ephesus), but Egeon doesn't know they are there. the mother and other set of twins are in Ephesus, but no one knows that yet either. if Egeon doesn't get 1,000 marks by the end of the day, he will be put to death. that crazy Shakespeare.
A of S sends D of S to the inn with some money. D of E shows up asking A of S to come home to dinner, thinking he is A of E. confusion and beatings ensue. A of E's wife (Adriana) and her sister show up looking for A of E, but finds A and D of S instead. more confusion and beating. i feel confused just typing it and A of E hasn't even made an appearance yet!
i'm delighted to see just a glimmer of that fiesty female that Shakespeare is known for in Adriana. i love at the beginning of act 2 when she questions why men should have greater liberty than women. yes. get it girl. i am hoping for some hard core sass later from her.
i've also decided to count how many times servants get beaten for their masters' misunderstandings and mistakes. so far, i've counted three. HA. silly slave-owners.
i am a little baffled by a passage in act one, scene one. lines 27-41 are a little foggy for me. i think i'm only getting some of what they are getting at there. anyone care to illuminate us?
i am also already bored with the i-think-you're-someone-else, you're-confused-by-it-and-that-makes-me-mad joke. although some of the word play is brilliant, by the time we get to act two, scene two i am over it. i am hoping for a few more twists in the following acts. what do y'all think?
quote of the day:
'He that commends me to mine own content
Commends me to the thing I cannot get.
I to the world am like a drop of water
That in the ocean seeks another drop,
Who, falling there to find his fellow forth,
Unseen, inquisitive, confounds himself;
So I, to find a mother and a brother,
In quest of them, unhappy, lose myself.'
-COE act 1, scene 2
for tomorrow: Comedy of Errors, Act 3