The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 15.0364 Monday, 9 February 2004
Date: Sunday, 8 Feb 2004 13:18:15 -0400
Subject: The Cordelia Game
Following on from the "Loss of Insolence" thread, but definitely in a
lighter vein, may I invite SHAKSPERians to share their suggestions for
"the Cordelia Game"?
The Cordelia Game is based on Cordelia's role in the opening scene of
King Lear. It has occurred to many people that the whole play would go
in completely a different direction if Cordelia just said "Oh, Daddy, I
love you so much!" Such a different direction, indeed, that there
wouldn't even be a play.
There are many such opportunities throughout the Shakespeare canon. In
"the Cordelia Game" players think of a Shakespeare character, and
something they could say which would totally and completely scupper the
plot of their play.
Short, humorous prose answers tend to be the order of the day, although
that's not a hard-and-fast rule.
This was originally conceived as a drinking game for Shakespeare buffs,
although given the virtual nature of SHAKSPER, I can only suggest that
anyone who posts a great answer makes herself (or himself) a nice pot of
tea, then imagines it is a pint of English real ale purchased by other
members of the forum.
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