Tuesday, 1 March 2016

William Shakespeare – The Comedy of Errors - 1994

Not the most exciting of Shakespeare plays, but full of interesting wordplays. 
Also nicely summarized in one sentence early on: 
“I to the world am like a drop of water
That in the ocean seeks another drop.” (Shakespeare, 1994, p.167). 

“In Syracuse was I born; and wed
Unto a woman, happy but for me
And by me too, had not our hap been bad.” (Shakespeare, 1994, p.166).
“Dromio of Syracuse:
Was there ever any man thus beaten out of season,
When in the why and the wherefore is neither time nor reason?
Well, sir, I thank you.
Antipholus of Syracuse:
Thank me, sir! For what?
Dromio of Syracuse:
Marry, sir, for this something that you gave me for nothing.” (Shakespeare, 1994, p.170).

And may it be that you have quite forgot
A husband’s office? Shall, Antipholus,
Even in the spring of love, thy love-springs rot?
Shall love, in building, grow so ruinous?
If you did wed my sister for her wealth,
Then for her wealth’s sake use her with more kindness:
Or if you like elsewhere, do it by stealth
Muffle your false love with some show of blindness:
Let my sister read it in your eye.” (Shakespeare, 1994, p.174).

What, are you mad, that you do reason so?
Antipholus of Syracuse:
For gazing on your beams, fair sun, being by.
Gaze where you should, and that will clear your sigth.
Antipholus of Syracuse:
As good to wink, sweet love, as look on night.
Why call you me love? Call my sister so.
Antipholus of Syracuse:
Thy sister’s sister.
That’s my sister.
Antipholus of Syracuse:

It is thyself, mine own self’s better part” (Shakespeare, 1994, p.174).

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