Cymbeline (Modern Library Classics)

Cymbeline (Modern Library Classics)

William Shakespeare

Language: English

Pages: 256

ISBN: 0812969421

Format: PDF / Kindle (mobi) / ePub

“Golden lads and girls all must,
As chimney-sweepers, come to dust.”
Eminent Shakespearean scholars Jonathan Bate and Eric Rasmussen provide a fresh new edition of this classic tragedy in which nothing is as it seems.
• an original Introduction to Cymbeline
• incisive scene-by-scene synopsis and analysis with vital facts about the work
• commentary on past and current productions based on interviews with leading directors, actors, and designers
• photographs of key RSC productions
• an overview of Shakespeare’s theatrical career and chronology of his plays
Ideal for students, theater professionals, and general readers, these modern and accessible editions from the Royal Shakespeare Company set a new standard in Shakespearean literature for the twenty-first century.

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sustain what you’re worthy102 of by your attempt. IACHIMO    What’s that? POSTHUMUS    A repulse, though your attempt, as you call it, deserve more: a punishment too. PHILARIO    Gentlemen, enough of this, it came in107 too suddenly. Let it die as it was born, and I pray you be better acquainted. IACHIMO    Would I had put my estate109 and my neighbour’s on th’approbation110 of what I have spoke. POSTHUMUS    What lady would you choose to assail? IACHIMO    Yours, whom in constancy you

its dizzying, strange brilliance: “The finale is an intricate, beautiful machine in which an astonishing number of disguises are removed, misunderstandings swept away and reunions accomplished.”4 Traditionally, the play’s three main plots have been identified as the marriage/wager plot (involving Innogen’s marriage to Posthumus, his resultant banishment, Cloten’s attempted “revenge,” and the wager Posthumus makes with Iachimo over Innogen’s fidelity), the dynastic plot (involving the return of

Guiderius, Arviragus, Pisanio and Roman Captives [with Jailers]. The Captains present Posthumus to Cymbeline, who delivers him over to a Jailer [Exeunt all but Posthumus and two Jailers] FIRST JAILER    You shall not now be stol’n, you have locks upon you103; So graze as you find pasture. SECOND JAILER    Ay, or a stomach.105 [Exeunt Jailers] POSTHUMUS    Most welcome bondage, for thou art a way, I think, to liberty: yet am I better Than one that’s sick o’th’gout, since he had rather

Latin mulier, meaning “woman” 245 jointed grafted 246 stock trunk 249 stuff nonsense 250 Tongue … not speak without comprehending the meaning 250 both i.e. a dream and madness 253 which i.e. the tablet 259 dish … shot the meal justifies its price 260 shot tavern bill 261 reckoning settlement 266 paid punished 267 heavier … light duller/sleepier as a result of being drunk (light-headed) 268 drawn of heaviness emptied of that which made it heavy i.e. money 268 Of from 269

may have been inspired by Beaumont and Fletcher’s recent play Philaster, a pioneering work of Jacobean tragicomedy with a girl disguised as a boy, a mischief-making older woman, a virtuous lady accused of an illicit sexual liaison, a contrast between a noble hero and an ignoble prince, the forbidden marriage of a princess to a commoner, a movement from court to country, and elements of masque form. Some scholars, however, propose that Cymbeline influenced Philaster rather than vice versa. TEXT:

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