Sunday, April 3, 2011

Love's Labor's Lost Act 2, Scene 1


i just made my to-do list for the next 4 weeks. and i'm freaking out! 4 weeks until summer. i can do this i can dothisicandothis! in 4 weeks i will be FREE! ah! free to scout wedding locations. free to swim. free to read. free to play video games. free to travel. free to spend time with my amazing fiance and wonderful family and lovely friends! (sigh) i can do this. and somehow fit Shakespeare in there too. phew!

i couldn't even get through the whole scene! so... there goes my reading schedule, and here goes the first half of the scene:

act 2, scene 1
the Princess of France enters with her 3 Ladies (Rosaline, Maria, and Katherine), and 3 Lords (including Boyet). Boyet is swooning over the princess, and she shoots him down. (see quote below.) she sends him to talk to the king to find out what the heck is going on with this 3-year vow, and why she can't be admitted onto castle grounds. he goes happily, and the princess asks her ladies about the other men in the king's court. Maria speaks of Longaville, Katharine of Dumaine, and Rosaline of Berowne. they go on and on about them, and the princess can't believe there's so much praise being thrown around. Boyet and the king come back with his lords. the princess gives the king a letter from her father, and while he reads it, Rosaline and Berowne do a bit of flirting. the king is not too happy with the letter. apparently the King of France owed our king some money from a past war. he says he paid half of it, but our king says that that isn't true, and he therefore temporarily owns part of Aquitaine. he will be glad to give it up once the sum is paid. the princess protests that half of the money WAS paid and they will prove it. Boyet sets out to get the proof, and meanwhile the princess and her ladies are welcome to stay on the grounds outside of the castle.

i feel like i can tell you right now exactly what's going to happen. they're all going to end up with those guys they talked about, and the King of Navarre will end up with the Princess of France. bad guess? good guess? and everything in between will just be folly. tell me it's not true!

so Rosaline and Berowne have kind of a love/hate thing going? am i reading that wrong? is that what makes them similar to Beatrice and Benedick?

i'm sorry i don't have anything terribly intelligent to say today. or any good questions even. sometimes the magic works and sometimes it doesn't!

quote of the day:
'good Lord Boyet, my beauty, though but mean,
needs not the painted flourish of your praise.
beauty is bought by judgement of the eye,
not uttered by base sale of chapmen's tongues.
i am less proud to hear you tell my worth
than you much willing to be counted wise
in spending your wit in the praise of mine.'
   -Princess; act 2, scene 1

for tomorrow: the rest of the scene!

-rebecca may

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