The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 15.0384  Tuesday, 10 February 2004

From:           Al Magary <This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.>
Date:           Monday, 9 Feb 2004 13:49:14 -0800
Subject: 15.0361 King Lear, in Three Words
Comment:        Re: SHK 15.0361 King Lear, in Three Words

David Evett parses my parsimonious descriptive "fascinating" to suggest
I likened Soames Forsyte to Richard III.  In my original post that I
likened ("in the style of") Soames to Richard as a character who bears
watching:  "Soames, although often detestable, was in the first series
in 2002 a fascinating character in the style of some Shakespeare
protagonists like Richard III:  What *will* he do, what fresh outrage
will he commit next?"

After my first post, the word reptile occurred to me, then reptilian.  I
might have suggested that one looks at both Soames and R3 as
attractive/repellent at the same time.  But "fascinating," though
overused in our hyped-up age, will do.

Last night I saw the first episode of the Forsyte second series.  Soames
has mellowed considerably, thanks to having an enchanting and beautiful
daughter to possess, show off, get silly over (she persuades him to wear
a 20s striped jacket and a boater!).  It would be rather like R3
sometime after the usurpation apparently changing his spots and letting
his (bastardized) nephews out into the sunlight, to adorn his court.
Unlikely, and if R3 ever did such a thing, you'd be wise to keep an eye
on him:  he's still a reptile.  So, I think, is Soames.

BTW Damian Lewis *becomes* Soames; but in the HBO series about a WWII
platoon, "Band of Brothers," Lewis very much became an admirable and
likable American infantry officer, a hero  Good actor; has he been on
the stage?

Al Magary

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