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Re: The Battle in *Pericles*
Shakespeare Electronic Conference, Vol. 4, No. 828.  Monday, 22 November 1993.
 
From:           Tom Loughlin <
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Date:           Friday, 19 Nov 1993 16:27:58 -0500 (EST)
Subject:        *Pericles* Battle
 
In a production which I played in, the matter of the battle was handled by
an inserted speech delivered by Gower between scenes which describes the
action and narrates the victory of Pericles.  I believe the piece used was
not written by Shakespeare, but given the general wretched poetry spewed
forth by Gower, nothing was basically lost and the problem was easily
solved.  I'll see if I can dig up my production text of that play and
quote the speech for you.  BTW, the Gower speech also allowed for a scene
change into the banquet sequence, which was handled with much good humor.
The dance of the knights was particularly comic - "a good time was had by
all!"
 
Tom Loughlin

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