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Re: Implied Stage Directions
The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 13.0509  Thursday, 21 February 2002

From:           Brian Willis <
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Date:           Wednesday, 20 Feb 2002 10:35:46 -0800 (PST)
Subject: 13.0498 Implied Stage Directions
Comment:        Re: SHK 13.0498 Implied Stage Directions

Having returned to my undergraduate passion of the UCLA Shakespeare
Reading and Performance group, I am playing Antony in Act III, Scenes
11-13. Lucky me, one of my favorite sequences in the canon.

It always surprises me how subtle and seemingly minor the implied stage
directions can be. They are often more like direction pure and simple.
In Scene 13, after having sent Thidias to be whipped for kissing
Cleopatra's hand, he tells her:

To let a fellow that will take rewards
And say "God quit you!" be familiar with
My playfellow, your hand; this kingly seal
And plighter of high hearts!

It seems quite innocent until one realizes that the word "this" makes it
mandatory that Antony take her hand, probably in anger. It would make no
sense to call it "this kingly seal" from across the stage.

Brian Willis

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