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10 thoughts on “Cymbeline (2012 Academic Edn. / Interactive TOC / Incl. Study Guide)

  1. Bill Kerwin Bill Kerwin says:

    I ve read this play three times, and I ve found that the longer since I last read it, the better I imagine it to be In theory, it s a great play the political situation, involving the tribute an emerging British nation must pay to a Roman empire has interesting Jacobean parallels in continental politics involving a Roman Church the theological implications, the way Shakespeare finds a place for compassion in the merciless world of Lear s gods and flies, is instructive and attractive and I ve read this play three times, and I ve found that the longer since I last read it, the better I imagine it to be In theory, it s a great play the political situation, involving the tribute an emerging British nation must pay to a Roman empire has interesting Jacobean parallels in continental politics involving a Roman Church the theological implications, the way Shakespeare finds a place for compassion in the merciless world of Lear s gods and flies, is instructive and attractive and the cavalier manner in which the bard treats stage conventions from the anonymous two lords in the first scene who only exist to present the necessary exposition to the eventual appearance of a literal deus ex machina in the person of Jupiter shows a master of form thumbing his nose at his own expertise for his particular metaphysical purposes.Sure, this all sounds great in retrospect, but the characters themselves are petty and cold and and when they are fresh in my mind they with the exception of Imogen fail to move me Iachimo little Iago is too pathetic and irresolute in his villainy, Posthumous Leonatus is too easily persuaded of his love s infidelity and too abruptly murderous in his intentions, and even Imogen is much, much too ready to forgive Also, the play is so full of misunderstandings that it takes one of the longest final scenes in Shakespeare merely to straighten out all the loose ends And yet Cymbeline is full of marvels and immortal poetry including a dirge that is one of the finest lyrics in the English language and it is graced with a heroine Imogen who is as admirable, lovable and brave as any the poet has created


  2. James James says:

    Book Review3 out of 5 stars to Cymbeline, a play written in 1611 by William Shakespeare I read this during a Shakespeare course in college and then watched a film version My review covers both There seems to be a very dark aura surrounding the characters and the setting All of the characters seem to be angry with each other, as though they do not like each other Cymbeline didn t get along with his wife nor with his daughter Cymbeline as suppose to be an anxious and frustratedBook Review3 out of 5 stars to Cymbeline, a play written in 1611 by William Shakespeare I read this during a Shakespeare course in college and then watched a film version My review covers both There seems to be a very dark aura surrounding the characters and the setting All of the characters seem to be angry with each other, as though they do not like each other Cymbeline didn t get along with his wife nor with his daughter Cymbeline as suppose to be an anxious and frustrated man, yet he appeared to be sickly and weak instead The forces in the play were controlled by some other figure, instead of how they were in the actual words of the play The set was mostly back with gold trim and the characters were often in silhouette This darkness about the set and characters made the emotions and psychology of the play seem dark also Moshinsky director wanted the characters to appear as though they were alone I definitely got this impression When Imogen was locked in her room trying to find her bracelet, the camera went back and forth between her and Cloten serenading her They weren t in the same room, yet there was a divider between them Neither seemed close to anyone They were separate entities The psychological interpretation of these behaviors, as directed by Moshinsky, was somewhat confusing It seemed as though the director was focusing on optimism as in the death songs of Imogen I suppose the behaviors then would be forgiveness and helpfulness and kindness All three are evident in the play and shown in the film we saw The unraveling scene at the end showed the forgiveness of Iachimo, etc It was light hearted by that point As for the meaning of the play it was definitely challenging to me, especially after watching the video and seeing a different interpretation than I thought it was When I saw Cloten s bloody head dripping and Imogen lying next to the bloody body, bathing herself in it, etc I then saw the dark emotions of death and it s repercussions However, within the death, it was portrayed as though it was nothing The psychology here could be shown as the director believing that the play was very dark, when in my opinion it waslight and happy The only horrible part was the death of Cloten In the text it seemed bloody, but not disgusting In the video, it was horrific So, it wasof a murky version than what I expected it to be I was thrown by these dark emotional scenes which was the opposite of how I interpreted the playAbout MeFor those new to me or my reviews here s the scoop I read A LOT I write A LOT And now I blog A LOT First the book review goes on Goodreads, and then I send it on over to my WordPress blog at where you ll also find TV Film reviews, the revealing and introspective 365 Daily Challenge and lots of blogging about places I ve visited all over the world And you can find all my social media profiles to get the details on the who what when where and my pictures Leave a comment and let me know what you think Vote in the poll and ratings Thanks for stopping by


  3. Michael Michael says:

    Sprawling and dreamlike, Shakespeare s lesser known romance mixes some of his most stunning verse with a convoluted narrative and wooden characters The plot is so intricate that it thwarts attempts to effectively condense or summarize it it takes its inspiration from a tale in Holinshed s Chronicles about the Roman empire s demand that Celtic Britain begin to pay tribute The setting has clear parallels to Jacobean England, but the narrative s messiness prevents any thoughtful political takeaw Sprawling and dreamlike, Shakespeare s lesser known romance mixes some of his most stunning verse with a convoluted narrative and wooden characters The plot is so intricate that it thwarts attempts to effectively condense or summarize it it takes its inspiration from a tale in Holinshed s Chronicles about the Roman empire s demand that Celtic Britain begin to pay tribute The setting has clear parallels to Jacobean England, but the narrative s messiness prevents any thoughtful political takeaways from emerging Many characters populate the world of Cymbeline, some of them disposable all of them, though, feel secondary to the lines they recite The play s less interested in capturing the audience s attention with a well plotted story or nuanced characters than it is in entrancing viewers with ethereal poetry set against the backdrop of fantastical environments


  4. Corbin Corbin says:

    Imagine that characters from previous plays have ganged up on Shakespeare and threatened to sue him for libel clearly, they would never behave in the way he suggests They demand the real story be told He offers a compromise rather than go to the trouble and expense of rewrites and retractions, he will write a special play, just for them, and not interfere at all in the execution of plot In fact, the deus ex machina gets to be a character too, since it was threatening to report him to OSHA o Imagine that characters from previous plays have ganged up on Shakespeare and threatened to sue him for libel clearly, they would never behave in the way he suggests They demand the real story be told He offers a compromise rather than go to the trouble and expense of rewrites and retractions, he will write a special play, just for them, and not interfere at all in the execution of plot In fact, the deus ex machina gets to be a character too, since it was threatening to report him to OSHA over its use in past plays The characters haul along their favorite plot devices from previous plays, and clearly bicker about setting and timeframe Roman Britain, Renaissance Italy, republican Rome, and Henry V s England all manage to coexist without invoking paradox, while travel across physical distance seems to take no time at all One is left suspecting the offscreen involvement of Dr Who and his TARDIS contraption Nonetheless, the play turns out surprisingly well, with rather realistic characters and a plot that is comely and well formed The story goes something like this Twenty years ago King Lear unjustly banished Prospero, who took revenge by stealing the king s two infant sons Lear s wife dies, so he remarries Lady Macbeth, Gertrude, and Tamora agree to share this character, and get up to no end of trouble in their attempts to put their son Chiron Demetrius Troilus on the throne Lear s remaining daughter, now grown, is a pragmatic mix of Viola and Juliet, who occasionally channels Cressida s propensity for mouthing off she refuses to marry Troilus, instead marrying Othello a foundling in the court without permission Under the urging of the queen, Lear imprisons Viola and exiles Othello to Medici Italy Punishment indeed Meanwhile Lady Macbeth acquires what she thinks is a deadly poison, but actually turns out to be Juliet s famed sleeping draft, and gives it to Viola s loyal servant Benvolio Horatio as medicine In Italy, Othello strikes a Merchant of Venice bargain with Iago who is also Puck and Harlequin , betting fat stacks of cash that Harlequin can t seduce his wife Harlequin travels to Roman Britain and attempts to do so, Viola turns into an offended Wendy Wellesley, and later Harlequin sneaks into Viola s bedchamber to and catch a look at her boobies Presenting the ring and intimate knowledge of said boobies as evidence, Harlequin convinces Othello that he really has slept with his wife Othello spurts out two scenes of mysogynistic doggerel and orders Horatio to kill Viola Instead, Horatio spirits Viola away to Wales, helps her disguise herself as a man, and hatches a mad scheme to fake her death offer her service as a page to Marc Antony, who is headed to Lear s court to discuss tribute payments to Rome Viola gets lost in the Welsh wilderness, but falls in with Prospero and her two brothers She would have stayed there, of course, but falls ill and takes Horatio s medicine, which causes her to fall into a coma for a while Taken for dead, she is given a proper funeral by her brothers Meanwhile, Troilus whines Lady Macbeth flatters Lear into playing Henry V Lear is Lear, so he really can t pull it off They refuse to pay tribute, Marc Antony vaguely attempts to reason with them, and they end up at war with Rome Troilus pursues Viola to Wales, intent on seeing her boobies in the Biblical sense Naturally, he gets himself lopped in half by one of the lost princes, which is how Troilus and Cressida should have ended Viola wakes up after the funeral to find Troilus s dead body, sans head, dressed in her husband s clothes she concludes that it s all a nasty plot of Horatio s, that he has killed Othello and meant the poison to kill her Marc Antony and his retinue pass by, and seeing her grief at a slain captain, offers to take her on as a page she consents, though she is no longer trying to emigrate to Italy Meanwhile, Othello feels some remorse for having his wife slain Seeing no further point in living, and bound by anachronistic Catholic notions regarding suicide, everybody goes to war with everybody British forces very nearly lose, but then Prospero and the two renegade princes show up, and the three of them defeat the entire Roman army Othello, Marc Antony, Viola, and Horatio are taken as prisoners of war Just in time for the last scene, Deus Ex Machina gets to dress up as Zeus for a scene, bumbles through his first real lines in the entire corpus of Shakespearean literature, and uses magic tricks to make everyone listen to one another s explanations Lady Macbeth dies of a fever, not a broken heart since she doesn t have one , never suffers madness or remorse, and makes her deathbed confessions only because Zeus compels her to do so Everybody forgives everybody, Lear issues official pardons, Viola and Othello are named next in line for the throne, Britain starts paying Rome tribute again despite winning the war, and everybody lives happily every after Except Troilus Which is as it should be.All in all, I can t help thinking that Shakespeare would have been better off giving his characters freer rein They were clearly better at plotting, though they relied on him for snappy poetic dialogue This might have been an exceptional play, in fact, if only the characters and author had been on speaking terms exit stage left, followed by a bear


  5. Darwin8u Darwin8u says:

    I cannot sing I ll weep, and word it with thee,For notes of sorrow out of tune are worseThan priests and fanes that lieWilliam Shakespeare, CymbelineNot a great Shakespeare play It has a few good lines and seems to follow the path cut by earlier jealousy plays like


  6. Alan Alan says:

    Cymbeline I considered a difficult play to stage until a surprisingly coherent version at the Huntington Theater, in 1991, directed by Larry Carpenter My grad school classmate Peter Altman ran the Huntington back then But reading it under the Trumpster makes all Iachimo s lies problematic our context changes the register of the play, disenchants it Wonder about the Boston Shakespeare Project production, the matinee on Boston Commons today, 3 Aug 19, directed by my favorite director of all, Cymbeline I considered a difficult play to stage until a surprisingly coherent version at the Huntington Theater, in 1991, directed by Larry Carpenter My grad school classmate Peter Altman ran the Huntington back then But reading it under the Trumpster makes all Iachimo s lies problematic our context changes the register of the play, disenchants it Wonder about the Boston Shakespeare Project production, the matinee on Boston Commons today, 3 Aug 19, directed by my favorite director of all, Fred Sullivan of the Gamm and Trinity Square in Pawtucket and Providence His comedies are especially effective, but I shall miss this because of prior commitments So many Shakespeare villains articulate truths, like Iago, and here, the clod Cloten, whose assault on the married Imogen gave me the title to my book on Shakespeare and popular culture, which I called Meaner Parties Cloten says of her marriage to Leonatus, It is no contract, none And though it be allowed in meaner parties to knit their souls, On whom there is nodependency But brats and beggary, in self figur d knot, Yet you are curbed by the consequence of a crown II.iii.116ff He refers to canon law s accepting, in York Minster s Dean Swinburne s Of Spousals, handshake marriages as long as there were witnesses to the vows spoken along with the ring or token By the way, three centuries before DeBeers, engagement and marriage rings weren t distinct both could be military or wax sealrings I first read Swinburne s Of Spousals written in 1604, published in 1680 s in the Harvard Law School Library Treasure Room My brother, who went to Harvard Divinity, said Swinburne s book had been in the Divinity Library, which did not have ample funds to protect it I applied Swinburne and Lawcourt studies to plays with handfast marriages MFM, All s Well, and Cymbeline A couple scenes prior to Cloten here, Iachimo comes to England with a letter of endorsement, part of a bet, from Posthumus Leonatus I.vi Posthumus had been exiled to Italy by Cymbelene for displacing the new queen s execrable son Cloten in Imogen s affection in fact, marrying her As in Merchant of Venice, where Shylock compares his daughter and his ducats, his dearest possessions, Posthumous compares Imogen s gift ring and herself to Iachimo s taunt, I have not seen the most precious diamond that there is, nor you the lady, Posthumus rejoins, I praised her as I rated her so do I my stone Iachimo even refers to Imogen as she your jewel to accompany the diamond, this your jewel I.iv.153 Having set up so close a comparison indeed, an identity between the token jewel and the lover jewel, no wonder Posthumus falls apart when Iachimo brings back the bracelet he d stolen from Imogen Posthumus s friend Philario notes he is Quite beyond the government of patience II.iv.150 rather like a certain new Supreme Court judge Later confessing to King Cymbeline s inquiry, How came it yours about the diamond on his finger, Iachimo blurts out that he defamed Imogen with token evidence, that he could not But think her bond of chastity quite crack d, I having taken this forfeit V.v.206 Posthumus need not have so concluded had he not merged token and person so strongly in his own mind But Renaissance marriage court records fill with rings and bracelets betokening contract, whereas in fact it was the words accompanying the token, the vow, that counted in law What we call domestic court were then in church, canon courts like Deacon Swinburne s in York Minster the room still exists, with three judge chairs on a raised dias, now used as a vestry Shakespeare s plays feature tokens and vows Cymbeline could have learned how to run a ring court from the King of France in All s Well And of course Twelfth Night boasts the most rings of the Bard s plays See my Early Modern Rings and Vows in TN, in Twelfth Night New Critical Essays NY Routledge, 2011 , ed James Schiffer Note I quote from my old Harrison edition, which uses Iachimo, not Jachimo, but I quote a bit from Wells and Taylor, Compact edition, 1992 I shall add on birds in the play, Ruddock euro Robin and Puttock bird of prey and others meaner in Elizabethan usage, lower status parties in the legal sense average Joes and Jo s


  7. Cindy Rollins Cindy Rollins says:

    Cymbeline, is not one of Shakespeare s best known plays but it certainly one of the easiest to read It mostly takes place in Roman ruled Britain It has an evil stepmother and her unworthy son, a princess, and prince and two lost princes It has weird medicine, intrigue, and battles It is full of interesting characters and happenings But most of all it is satisfying in the way it handles sin and repentance Where there is repentance there is forgiveness for even the most heinous crimes Where Cymbeline, is not one of Shakespeare s best known plays but it certainly one of the easiest to read It mostly takes place in Roman ruled Britain It has an evil stepmother and her unworthy son, a princess, and prince and two lost princes It has weird medicine, intrigue, and battles It is full of interesting characters and happenings But most of all it is satisfying in the way it handles sin and repentance Where there is repentance there is forgiveness for even the most heinous crimes Where there is lack of repentance there is death and agony Many of the characters make mistakes and most of them acknowledge them We are nearing the end of Shakespeare s plays as we reach this play It comes on the heels of that terror of a play King Lear I like to think Cymbeline shows a depth of understanding of the wages of sin and the availability of forgiveness in Shakespeare s own life It would be fun to translate all the Roman names I am sure they are all purposefully named beginning with the orphan Posthumous


  8. David Sarkies David Sarkies says:

    All Roads Lead to Milford Haven2 December 2017 Sydney Here I am, sitting in a pub on my laptop, though a part of me feels that maybe I shouldn t be sitting on my laptop in this pub, though it isn t anywhere near as bad as some pubs I ve been to Yep, I m still in Sydney, wandering around the place and taking heaps of photos of old buildings that I ll probably never use after sorting them though they might land up on Flickr one of these days, though that is a big maybe because my camera equipm All Roads Lead to Milford Haven2 December 2017 Sydney Here I am, sitting in a pub on my laptop, though a part of me feels that maybe I shouldn t be sitting on my laptop in this pub, though it isn t anywhere near as bad as some pubs I ve been to Yep, I m still in Sydney, wandering around the place and taking heaps of photos of old buildings that I ll probably never use after sorting them though they might land up on Flickr one of these days, though that is a big maybe because my camera equipment is pretty shocking However, since I ve finished another book I probably better get around to writing a review before my thoughts flee my head Oh, and while they do have free wifi, the amount of info they want namely a Facebook checkin is a little too concerning, so I ll just turn my phone into a wifi hotspot A friend of mine suggested that artists usually only have around a decade of gems and then they start to get a little old and tired Well, that isn t always the case because you do have Queen, and Pink Floyd, though they did manage to reinvent themselves during their time in the sun However, Shakespeare seemed to set a pretty high standard in that he was writing plays over a period of 25 odd years and seemed to just get better and better as time went on though his couple of comeback performances were pretty substandard Henry VIII However, a number of his later plays don t seem to be performed as much as say his great tragedies I m sure somewhere in the world, at this very moment, somebody is playing Macbeth well, I m probably exaggerating a little since the French really don t care for Shakespeare because they have their own playwrights that they adore So, Cymbeline is one of the later plays, but seems to be a combination of numerous other elements of his earlier plays For instance we have a woman fleeing into the forest, and disguising herself as a boy in the process We have that same woman drinking a sleeping potion, and then everybody mistaking her as being dead We even have numerous cases of mistaken identities, jilted lovers, and husbands being kicked out of the kingdom because they married somebody that they shouldn t have Throw in a wicked stepmother and an equally monstrous stepbrother, and you have a play that pretty much has everything in it However, as I have mentioned, it doesn t seem to be performed anywhere near as much as some of thepopular plays though the Royal Shakespeare Company did do it quite recently The play is mainly set in England during the reign of Augustus Caesar The titular character is the king of England or Britain as it was back then , and discovers that his daughter Imogen has married a guy named Posthumous which means born after his father s death , which displeases him somewhat so he kicks Posthumous out of the country All the while the queen is attempting to get rid of Imogen since in doing so opens up the way for her son Clotus to take the throne Anyway, Posthumous travels to Rome where he enters into a bet with a merchant Iachimo that his wife would be faithful to him, so Iachimo travels to Britain, attempts to seduce Imogen and fails So decides that he will cheat, hide in a chest and wait for her to go to sleep, and then not only steal the bracelet that Posthumous gave her, but also have a sneak peak under her bodice so as to have something intimate to tell Posthumous Posthumous, no doubt having been fooled by Iachimo, sends a note to Imogen suggesting that she head off to the town of Milford Haven, but sends a second letter ordering her to be killed on the way Well, this is certainly starting to look pretty complex, and we aren t even into the Milford Haven bit, nor have I mentioned the fact that Imogen has two brothers, but they vanished at birth and are believed to be dead Shakespeare does, in his traditional style, manage to bring everything together, though the final scene where that happens, and everything is forgiven and forgotten, turns out to be one of the longest closing scenes in his canon It is also interesting in that it doesn t neatly fall into the category of comedy nobody gets married at the end , and it certainly isn t a tragedy, but it certainly is quite a lot of fun when you eventually see a good performance of it I have to comment on the character of Posthumous though, because this whole idea of making a bet with somebody that his wife will be faithful to him, is somewhat chauvinistic, and probably proves that the partner is probably not worth spending all that much time with and it also sounds as if he is pretty possessive, and untrustworthy, since he believes Iachio at face value In fact I ve heard of stories where one partner, in an attempt to see if the other partner is faithful, to basically set up a trap by having somebody attempt to seduce the partner, and the report back the results However, these particular relationships eventually come crashing down as soon as the partner finds out what is going on This concept of distrust in a relationship does seem to run deep in our psyche a part of us seems to what to believe that our partner is being unfaithful, to the point that we will even pay huge sums of money to place them under surveillance forget the Maltese Falcon, this is where the big bucks are made with regards to private investigations We also see the idea of the centre and the fringe in this play, though interestingly we have three main locations Rome, Britain, and Milford Haven Whereas Britain is on the fringes of the Roman Empire, Milford Haven lies outside the empire in the wilderness beyond In a way it is a wild and savage land, and people travel there to get beyond the reach of the power of Rome This is particularly evident when the Roman Legions descend upon Milford Haven and are promptly defeated It is here that Imogen flees from the clutches of the queen, but in doing so disguises her self just as Rosalind must disguise herself when she flees into the Forest of Arden Yet unlike the Forest of Arden, Milford Haven doesn t seem to have this civilising calm on those who enter, but rather it is a dangerous realm Clotus is killed upon entering, the Romans are defeated, and even Imogen falls sick In the end Cymbeline does not remain here, but rather pulls back into London where there is at least a semblance of peace and order The version that I watched recently was interesting because they made connections between the play and Brexit In a way Rome could easily be substituted with Brussels, and Milford Haven as the wilds of a post European Britain There is this constant struggle between a desire for stability and a desire for independence Cymbeline goes with the former, despite the fact that the Romans were defeated, since Rome offers a sense of security, a situation that collapsed when they eventually pulled out centuries later In another sense though Rome is seen by the English, at least at the time, as being somehow related Monmoth wrote in his history of the Kings of Britain that the first king was actually a Trojan that chose not to settle with Aeneas but to continue on to another land and he also suggests that before the arrival of the Trojans the British Isles were ruled by giants I could go on about Brexit, however I think I ll leave it at that, and instead point you to a blog post that I wrote earlier on the RSC version of the play that I saw


  9. Inkspill Inkspill says:

    Fear nothe heat of the sun from Mrs Dalloway by Virginia Woolf led me to Shakepeare s Cymbeline, the first verse, sung in the play, reads Fear nothe heat o the sun, Nor the furious winter s rages Thou thy worldly task hast done, Home art gone, and ta en thy wages Golden lads and girls all must, As chimney sweepers, come to dust from Act 4 always bought me to a pause, now having read the play I realise this is an elegy.When I recognised this line from Mrs Dalloway I had Fear nothe heat of the sun from Mrs Dalloway by Virginia Woolf led me to Shakepeare s Cymbeline, the first verse, sung in the play, reads Fear nothe heat o the sun, Nor the furious winter s rages Thou thy worldly task hast done, Home art gone, and ta en thy wages Golden lads and girls all must, As chimney sweepers, come to dust from Act 4 always bought me to a pause, now having read the play I realise this is an elegy.When I recognised this line from Mrs Dalloway I had not heard of Cymbeline before, but it got my curiosity and it did not take me long to discover where this line came from Reading Shakespeare I have always approached with dread but recently it s become important to me to just have a go and see where it leads me This time I discovered it was an easy read and my dread of it being hard to understand disappeared as it was funny, not big laughslike a light comedy due to the bucket loads of dramatic irony In a different hand the plot would have seemed contrived to me but this just worked beautifully.The story also felt familiar as it was a mix of Romeo and Julietand Much Ado About Nothingbut set in an ancient English royal court It also has mayhem, confusion, misunderstanding, villainy and war, but driving all this is a romance, a marriage broken by others because the princess marries a man outside her social class It was also a surprise to find elements out of Homer s text, of seers and a kind of a wishing which resonated sacrifice rituals And I was a little thrown by the presence of Jupiter, albeit through a dream, but when the play ends I couldn t help thinking he had a hand in the outcome.So, yeah, I enjoyed reading this one, andso because it gave me a deeper understanding of Mrs Dalloway as she thinks about Fear nothe heat of the sun BBC s production of CymbelineAvailable on DVD and made in 1982, directed by Elijah Mohinsky and cast includes Helen Mirren and Claire Bloom.This was entertaining to watch and the bonus is the play s performance helped me to put into the context how some parts of the text are sung This and the composition of the music along with costume and sparse sets helped me to see how this production could have been performed in Shakespeare s time Reading it before watching it added to my enjoyment of watching this dvd This coupled with brilliant performances made me forget I was watching it on a small screen.The DVD does not come with many features the title screen is simple which includes subtitles I also like how the chapter is divided into scenes and acts of the play allowing me to jump straight to a specific scene to watch again.More info on production available here In the text this is marked as being sung which I couldn t imagine until watching the BBC production on DVD review updated late Sept 2019


  10. Liz Janet Liz Janet says:

    No one dies, a guy named Posthumus marries the king s daughter without permission, and then Jupiter comes down from heaven and shouts at people what the hell is going on.


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10 thoughts on “Cymbeline (2012 Academic Edn. / Interactive TOC / Incl. Study Guide)

  1. Bill Kerwin Bill Kerwin says:

    I ve read this play three times, and I ve found that the longer since I last read it, the better I imagine it to be In theory, it s a great play the political situation, involving the tribute an emerging British nation must pay to a Roman empire has interesting Jacobean parallels in continental politics involving a Roman Church the theological implications, the way Shakespeare finds a place for compassion in the merciless world of Lear s gods and flies, is instructive and attractive and I ve read this play three times, and I ve found that the longer since I last read it, the better I imagine it to be In theory, it s a great play the political situation, involving the tribute an emerging British nation must pay to a Roman empire has interesting Jacobean parallels in continental politics involving a Roman Church the theological implications, the way Shakespeare finds a place for compassion in the merciless world of Lear s gods and flies, is instructive and attractive and the cavalier manner in which the bard treats stage conventions from the anonymous two lords in the first scene who only exist to present the necessary exposition to the eventual appearance of a literal deus ex machina in the person of Jupiter shows a master of form thumbing his nose at his own expertise for his particular metaphysical purposes.Sure, this all sounds great in retrospect, but the characters themselves are petty and cold and and when they are fresh in my mind they with the exception of Imogen fail to move me Iachimo little Iago is too pathetic and irresolute in his villainy, Posthumous Leonatus is too easily persuaded of his love s infidelity and too abruptly murderous in his intentions, and even Imogen is much, much too ready to forgive Also, the play is so full of misunderstandings that it takes one of the longest final scenes in Shakespeare merely to straighten out all the loose ends And yet Cymbeline is full of marvels and immortal poetry including a dirge that is one of the finest lyrics in the English language and it is graced with a heroine Imogen who is as admirable, lovable and brave as any the poet has created


  2. James James says:

    Book Review3 out of 5 stars to Cymbeline, a play written in 1611 by William Shakespeare I read this during a Shakespeare course in college and then watched a film version My review covers both There seems to be a very dark aura surrounding the characters and the setting All of the characters seem to be angry with each other, as though they do not like each other Cymbeline didn t get along with his wife nor with his daughter Cymbeline as suppose to be an anxious and frustratedBook Review3 out of 5 stars to Cymbeline, a play written in 1611 by William Shakespeare I read this during a Shakespeare course in college and then watched a film version My review covers both There seems to be a very dark aura surrounding the characters and the setting All of the characters seem to be angry with each other, as though they do not like each other Cymbeline didn t get along with his wife nor with his daughter Cymbeline as suppose to be an anxious and frustrated man, yet he appeared to be sickly and weak instead The forces in the play were controlled by some other figure, instead of how they were in the actual words of the play The set was mostly back with gold trim and the characters were often in silhouette This darkness about the set and characters made the emotions and psychology of the play seem dark also Moshinsky director wanted the characters to appear as though they were alone I definitely got this impression When Imogen was locked in her room trying to find her bracelet, the camera went back and forth between her and Cloten serenading her They weren t in the same room, yet there was a divider between them Neither seemed close to anyone They were separate entities The psychological interpretation of these behaviors, as directed by Moshinsky, was somewhat confusing It seemed as though the director was focusing on optimism as in the death songs of Imogen I suppose the behaviors then would be forgiveness and helpfulness and kindness All three are evident in the play and shown in the film we saw The unraveling scene at the end showed the forgiveness of Iachimo, etc It was light hearted by that point As for the meaning of the play it was definitely challenging to me, especially after watching the video and seeing a different interpretation than I thought it was When I saw Cloten s bloody head dripping and Imogen lying next to the bloody body, bathing herself in it, etc I then saw the dark emotions of death and it s repercussions However, within the death, it was portrayed as though it was nothing The psychology here could be shown as the director believing that the play was very dark, when in my opinion it waslight and happy The only horrible part was the death of Cloten In the text it seemed bloody, but not disgusting In the video, it was horrific So, it wasof a murky version than what I expected it to be I was thrown by these dark emotional scenes which was the opposite of how I interpreted the playAbout MeFor those new to me or my reviews here s the scoop I read A LOT I write A LOT And now I blog A LOT First the book review goes on Goodreads, and then I send it on over to my WordPress blog at where you ll also find TV Film reviews, the revealing and introspective 365 Daily Challenge and lots of blogging about places I ve visited all over the world And you can find all my social media profiles to get the details on the who what when where and my pictures Leave a comment and let me know what you think Vote in the poll and ratings Thanks for stopping by


  3. Michael Michael says:

    Sprawling and dreamlike, Shakespeare s lesser known romance mixes some of his most stunning verse with a convoluted narrative and wooden characters The plot is so intricate that it thwarts attempts to effectively condense or summarize it it takes its inspiration from a tale in Holinshed s Chronicles about the Roman empire s demand that Celtic Britain begin to pay tribute The setting has clear parallels to Jacobean England, but the narrative s messiness prevents any thoughtful political takeaw Sprawling and dreamlike, Shakespeare s lesser known romance mixes some of his most stunning verse with a convoluted narrative and wooden characters The plot is so intricate that it thwarts attempts to effectively condense or summarize it it takes its inspiration from a tale in Holinshed s Chronicles about the Roman empire s demand that Celtic Britain begin to pay tribute The setting has clear parallels to Jacobean England, but the narrative s messiness prevents any thoughtful political takeaways from emerging Many characters populate the world of Cymbeline, some of them disposable all of them, though, feel secondary to the lines they recite The play s less interested in capturing the audience s attention with a well plotted story or nuanced characters than it is in entrancing viewers with ethereal poetry set against the backdrop of fantastical environments


  4. Corbin Corbin says:

    Imagine that characters from previous plays have ganged up on Shakespeare and threatened to sue him for libel clearly, they would never behave in the way he suggests They demand the real story be told He offers a compromise rather than go to the trouble and expense of rewrites and retractions, he will write a special play, just for them, and not interfere at all in the execution of plot In fact, the deus ex machina gets to be a character too, since it was threatening to report him to OSHA o Imagine that characters from previous plays have ganged up on Shakespeare and threatened to sue him for libel clearly, they would never behave in the way he suggests They demand the real story be told He offers a compromise rather than go to the trouble and expense of rewrites and retractions, he will write a special play, just for them, and not interfere at all in the execution of plot In fact, the deus ex machina gets to be a character too, since it was threatening to report him to OSHA over its use in past plays The characters haul along their favorite plot devices from previous plays, and clearly bicker about setting and timeframe Roman Britain, Renaissance Italy, republican Rome, and Henry V s England all manage to coexist without invoking paradox, while travel across physical distance seems to take no time at all One is left suspecting the offscreen involvement of Dr Who and his TARDIS contraption Nonetheless, the play turns out surprisingly well, with rather realistic characters and a plot that is comely and well formed The story goes something like this Twenty years ago King Lear unjustly banished Prospero, who took revenge by stealing the king s two infant sons Lear s wife dies, so he remarries Lady Macbeth, Gertrude, and Tamora agree to share this character, and get up to no end of trouble in their attempts to put their son Chiron Demetrius Troilus on the throne Lear s remaining daughter, now grown, is a pragmatic mix of Viola and Juliet, who occasionally channels Cressida s propensity for mouthing off she refuses to marry Troilus, instead marrying Othello a foundling in the court without permission Under the urging of the queen, Lear imprisons Viola and exiles Othello to Medici Italy Punishment indeed Meanwhile Lady Macbeth acquires what she thinks is a deadly poison, but actually turns out to be Juliet s famed sleeping draft, and gives it to Viola s loyal servant Benvolio Horatio as medicine In Italy, Othello strikes a Merchant of Venice bargain with Iago who is also Puck and Harlequin , betting fat stacks of cash that Harlequin can t seduce his wife Harlequin travels to Roman Britain and attempts to do so, Viola turns into an offended Wendy Wellesley, and later Harlequin sneaks into Viola s bedchamber to and catch a look at her boobies Presenting the ring and intimate knowledge of said boobies as evidence, Harlequin convinces Othello that he really has slept with his wife Othello spurts out two scenes of mysogynistic doggerel and orders Horatio to kill Viola Instead, Horatio spirits Viola away to Wales, helps her disguise herself as a man, and hatches a mad scheme to fake her death offer her service as a page to Marc Antony, who is headed to Lear s court to discuss tribute payments to Rome Viola gets lost in the Welsh wilderness, but falls in with Prospero and her two brothers She would have stayed there, of course, but falls ill and takes Horatio s medicine, which causes her to fall into a coma for a while Taken for dead, she is given a proper funeral by her brothers Meanwhile, Troilus whines Lady Macbeth flatters Lear into playing Henry V Lear is Lear, so he really can t pull it off They refuse to pay tribute, Marc Antony vaguely attempts to reason with them, and they end up at war with Rome Troilus pursues Viola to Wales, intent on seeing her boobies in the Biblical sense Naturally, he gets himself lopped in half by one of the lost princes, which is how Troilus and Cressida should have ended Viola wakes up after the funeral to find Troilus s dead body, sans head, dressed in her husband s clothes she concludes that it s all a nasty plot of Horatio s, that he has killed Othello and meant the poison to kill her Marc Antony and his retinue pass by, and seeing her grief at a slain captain, offers to take her on as a page she consents, though she is no longer trying to emigrate to Italy Meanwhile, Othello feels some remorse for having his wife slain Seeing no further point in living, and bound by anachronistic Catholic notions regarding suicide, everybody goes to war with everybody British forces very nearly lose, but then Prospero and the two renegade princes show up, and the three of them defeat the entire Roman army Othello, Marc Antony, Viola, and Horatio are taken as prisoners of war Just in time for the last scene, Deus Ex Machina gets to dress up as Zeus for a scene, bumbles through his first real lines in the entire corpus of Shakespearean literature, and uses magic tricks to make everyone listen to one another s explanations Lady Macbeth dies of a fever, not a broken heart since she doesn t have one , never suffers madness or remorse, and makes her deathbed confessions only because Zeus compels her to do so Everybody forgives everybody, Lear issues official pardons, Viola and Othello are named next in line for the throne, Britain starts paying Rome tribute again despite winning the war, and everybody lives happily every after Except Troilus Which is as it should be.All in all, I can t help thinking that Shakespeare would have been better off giving his characters freer rein They were clearly better at plotting, though they relied on him for snappy poetic dialogue This might have been an exceptional play, in fact, if only the characters and author had been on speaking terms exit stage left, followed by a bear


  5. Darwin8u Darwin8u says:

    I cannot sing I ll weep, and word it with thee,For notes of sorrow out of tune are worseThan priests and fanes that lieWilliam Shakespeare, CymbelineNot a great Shakespeare play It has a few good lines and seems to follow the path cut by earlier jealousy plays like


  6. Alan Alan says:

    Cymbeline I considered a difficult play to stage until a surprisingly coherent version at the Huntington Theater, in 1991, directed by Larry Carpenter My grad school classmate Peter Altman ran the Huntington back then But reading it under the Trumpster makes all Iachimo s lies problematic our context changes the register of the play, disenchants it Wonder about the Boston Shakespeare Project production, the matinee on Boston Commons today, 3 Aug 19, directed by my favorite director of all, Cymbeline I considered a difficult play to stage until a surprisingly coherent version at the Huntington Theater, in 1991, directed by Larry Carpenter My grad school classmate Peter Altman ran the Huntington back then But reading it under the Trumpster makes all Iachimo s lies problematic our context changes the register of the play, disenchants it Wonder about the Boston Shakespeare Project production, the matinee on Boston Commons today, 3 Aug 19, directed by my favorite director of all, Fred Sullivan of the Gamm and Trinity Square in Pawtucket and Providence His comedies are especially effective, but I shall miss this because of prior commitments So many Shakespeare villains articulate truths, like Iago, and here, the clod Cloten, whose assault on the married Imogen gave me the title to my book on Shakespeare and popular culture, which I called Meaner Parties Cloten says of her marriage to Leonatus, It is no contract, none And though it be allowed in meaner parties to knit their souls, On whom there is nodependency But brats and beggary, in self figur d knot, Yet you are curbed by the consequence of a crown II.iii.116ff He refers to canon law s accepting, in York Minster s Dean Swinburne s Of Spousals, handshake marriages as long as there were witnesses to the vows spoken along with the ring or token By the way, three centuries before DeBeers, engagement and marriage rings weren t distinct both could be military or wax sealrings I first read Swinburne s Of Spousals written in 1604, published in 1680 s in the Harvard Law School Library Treasure Room My brother, who went to Harvard Divinity, said Swinburne s book had been in the Divinity Library, which did not have ample funds to protect it I applied Swinburne and Lawcourt studies to plays with handfast marriages MFM, All s Well, and Cymbeline A couple scenes prior to Cloten here, Iachimo comes to England with a letter of endorsement, part of a bet, from Posthumus Leonatus I.vi Posthumus had been exiled to Italy by Cymbelene for displacing the new queen s execrable son Cloten in Imogen s affection in fact, marrying her As in Merchant of Venice, where Shylock compares his daughter and his ducats, his dearest possessions, Posthumous compares Imogen s gift ring and herself to Iachimo s taunt, I have not seen the most precious diamond that there is, nor you the lady, Posthumus rejoins, I praised her as I rated her so do I my stone Iachimo even refers to Imogen as she your jewel to accompany the diamond, this your jewel I.iv.153 Having set up so close a comparison indeed, an identity between the token jewel and the lover jewel, no wonder Posthumus falls apart when Iachimo brings back the bracelet he d stolen from Imogen Posthumus s friend Philario notes he is Quite beyond the government of patience II.iv.150 rather like a certain new Supreme Court judge Later confessing to King Cymbeline s inquiry, How came it yours about the diamond on his finger, Iachimo blurts out that he defamed Imogen with token evidence, that he could not But think her bond of chastity quite crack d, I having taken this forfeit V.v.206 Posthumus need not have so concluded had he not merged token and person so strongly in his own mind But Renaissance marriage court records fill with rings and bracelets betokening contract, whereas in fact it was the words accompanying the token, the vow, that counted in law What we call domestic court were then in church, canon courts like Deacon Swinburne s in York Minster the room still exists, with three judge chairs on a raised dias, now used as a vestry Shakespeare s plays feature tokens and vows Cymbeline could have learned how to run a ring court from the King of France in All s Well And of course Twelfth Night boasts the most rings of the Bard s plays See my Early Modern Rings and Vows in TN, in Twelfth Night New Critical Essays NY Routledge, 2011 , ed James Schiffer Note I quote from my old Harrison edition, which uses Iachimo, not Jachimo, but I quote a bit from Wells and Taylor, Compact edition, 1992 I shall add on birds in the play, Ruddock euro Robin and Puttock bird of prey and others meaner in Elizabethan usage, lower status parties in the legal sense average Joes and Jo s


  7. Cindy Rollins Cindy Rollins says:

    Cymbeline, is not one of Shakespeare s best known plays but it certainly one of the easiest to read It mostly takes place in Roman ruled Britain It has an evil stepmother and her unworthy son, a princess, and prince and two lost princes It has weird medicine, intrigue, and battles It is full of interesting characters and happenings But most of all it is satisfying in the way it handles sin and repentance Where there is repentance there is forgiveness for even the most heinous crimes Where Cymbeline, is not one of Shakespeare s best known plays but it certainly one of the easiest to read It mostly takes place in Roman ruled Britain It has an evil stepmother and her unworthy son, a princess, and prince and two lost princes It has weird medicine, intrigue, and battles It is full of interesting characters and happenings But most of all it is satisfying in the way it handles sin and repentance Where there is repentance there is forgiveness for even the most heinous crimes Where there is lack of repentance there is death and agony Many of the characters make mistakes and most of them acknowledge them We are nearing the end of Shakespeare s plays as we reach this play It comes on the heels of that terror of a play King Lear I like to think Cymbeline shows a depth of understanding of the wages of sin and the availability of forgiveness in Shakespeare s own life It would be fun to translate all the Roman names I am sure they are all purposefully named beginning with the orphan Posthumous


  8. David Sarkies David Sarkies says:

    All Roads Lead to Milford Haven2 December 2017 Sydney Here I am, sitting in a pub on my laptop, though a part of me feels that maybe I shouldn t be sitting on my laptop in this pub, though it isn t anywhere near as bad as some pubs I ve been to Yep, I m still in Sydney, wandering around the place and taking heaps of photos of old buildings that I ll probably never use after sorting them though they might land up on Flickr one of these days, though that is a big maybe because my camera equipm All Roads Lead to Milford Haven2 December 2017 Sydney Here I am, sitting in a pub on my laptop, though a part of me feels that maybe I shouldn t be sitting on my laptop in this pub, though it isn t anywhere near as bad as some pubs I ve been to Yep, I m still in Sydney, wandering around the place and taking heaps of photos of old buildings that I ll probably never use after sorting them though they might land up on Flickr one of these days, though that is a big maybe because my camera equipment is pretty shocking However, since I ve finished another book I probably better get around to writing a review before my thoughts flee my head Oh, and while they do have free wifi, the amount of info they want namely a Facebook checkin is a little too concerning, so I ll just turn my phone into a wifi hotspot A friend of mine suggested that artists usually only have around a decade of gems and then they start to get a little old and tired Well, that isn t always the case because you do have Queen, and Pink Floyd, though they did manage to reinvent themselves during their time in the sun However, Shakespeare seemed to set a pretty high standard in that he was writing plays over a period of 25 odd years and seemed to just get better and better as time went on though his couple of comeback performances were pretty substandard Henry VIII However, a number of his later plays don t seem to be performed as much as say his great tragedies I m sure somewhere in the world, at this very moment, somebody is playing Macbeth well, I m probably exaggerating a little since the French really don t care for Shakespeare because they have their own playwrights that they adore So, Cymbeline is one of the later plays, but seems to be a combination of numerous other elements of his earlier plays For instance we have a woman fleeing into the forest, and disguising herself as a boy in the process We have that same woman drinking a sleeping potion, and then everybody mistaking her as being dead We even have numerous cases of mistaken identities, jilted lovers, and husbands being kicked out of the kingdom because they married somebody that they shouldn t have Throw in a wicked stepmother and an equally monstrous stepbrother, and you have a play that pretty much has everything in it However, as I have mentioned, it doesn t seem to be performed anywhere near as much as some of thepopular plays though the Royal Shakespeare Company did do it quite recently The play is mainly set in England during the reign of Augustus Caesar The titular character is the king of England or Britain as it was back then , and discovers that his daughter Imogen has married a guy named Posthumous which means born after his father s death , which displeases him somewhat so he kicks Posthumous out of the country All the while the queen is attempting to get rid of Imogen since in doing so opens up the way for her son Clotus to take the throne Anyway, Posthumous travels to Rome where he enters into a bet with a merchant Iachimo that his wife would be faithful to him, so Iachimo travels to Britain, attempts to seduce Imogen and fails So decides that he will cheat, hide in a chest and wait for her to go to sleep, and then not only steal the bracelet that Posthumous gave her, but also have a sneak peak under her bodice so as to have something intimate to tell Posthumous Posthumous, no doubt having been fooled by Iachimo, sends a note to Imogen suggesting that she head off to the town of Milford Haven, but sends a second letter ordering her to be killed on the way Well, this is certainly starting to look pretty complex, and we aren t even into the Milford Haven bit, nor have I mentioned the fact that Imogen has two brothers, but they vanished at birth and are believed to be dead Shakespeare does, in his traditional style, manage to bring everything together, though the final scene where that happens, and everything is forgiven and forgotten, turns out to be one of the longest closing scenes in his canon It is also interesting in that it doesn t neatly fall into the category of comedy nobody gets married at the end , and it certainly isn t a tragedy, but it certainly is quite a lot of fun when you eventually see a good performance of it I have to comment on the character of Posthumous though, because this whole idea of making a bet with somebody that his wife will be faithful to him, is somewhat chauvinistic, and probably proves that the partner is probably not worth spending all that much time with and it also sounds as if he is pretty possessive, and untrustworthy, since he believes Iachio at face value In fact I ve heard of stories where one partner, in an attempt to see if the other partner is faithful, to basically set up a trap by having somebody attempt to seduce the partner, and the report back the results However, these particular relationships eventually come crashing down as soon as the partner finds out what is going on This concept of distrust in a relationship does seem to run deep in our psyche a part of us seems to what to believe that our partner is being unfaithful, to the point that we will even pay huge sums of money to place them under surveillance forget the Maltese Falcon, this is where the big bucks are made with regards to private investigations We also see the idea of the centre and the fringe in this play, though interestingly we have three main locations Rome, Britain, and Milford Haven Whereas Britain is on the fringes of the Roman Empire, Milford Haven lies outside the empire in the wilderness beyond In a way it is a wild and savage land, and people travel there to get beyond the reach of the power of Rome This is particularly evident when the Roman Legions descend upon Milford Haven and are promptly defeated It is here that Imogen flees from the clutches of the queen, but in doing so disguises her self just as Rosalind must disguise herself when she flees into the Forest of Arden Yet unlike the Forest of Arden, Milford Haven doesn t seem to have this civilising calm on those who enter, but rather it is a dangerous realm Clotus is killed upon entering, the Romans are defeated, and even Imogen falls sick In the end Cymbeline does not remain here, but rather pulls back into London where there is at least a semblance of peace and order The version that I watched recently was interesting because they made connections between the play and Brexit In a way Rome could easily be substituted with Brussels, and Milford Haven as the wilds of a post European Britain There is this constant struggle between a desire for stability and a desire for independence Cymbeline goes with the former, despite the fact that the Romans were defeated, since Rome offers a sense of security, a situation that collapsed when they eventually pulled out centuries later In another sense though Rome is seen by the English, at least at the time, as being somehow related Monmoth wrote in his history of the Kings of Britain that the first king was actually a Trojan that chose not to settle with Aeneas but to continue on to another land and he also suggests that before the arrival of the Trojans the British Isles were ruled by giants I could go on about Brexit, however I think I ll leave it at that, and instead point you to a blog post that I wrote earlier on the RSC version of the play that I saw


  9. Inkspill Inkspill says:

    Fear nothe heat of the sun from Mrs Dalloway by Virginia Woolf led me to Shakepeare s Cymbeline, the first verse, sung in the play, reads Fear nothe heat o the sun, Nor the furious winter s rages Thou thy worldly task hast done, Home art gone, and ta en thy wages Golden lads and girls all must, As chimney sweepers, come to dust from Act 4 always bought me to a pause, now having read the play I realise this is an elegy.When I recognised this line from Mrs Dalloway I had Fear nothe heat of the sun from Mrs Dalloway by Virginia Woolf led me to Shakepeare s Cymbeline, the first verse, sung in the play, reads Fear nothe heat o the sun, Nor the furious winter s rages Thou thy worldly task hast done, Home art gone, and ta en thy wages Golden lads and girls all must, As chimney sweepers, come to dust from Act 4 always bought me to a pause, now having read the play I realise this is an elegy.When I recognised this line from Mrs Dalloway I had not heard of Cymbeline before, but it got my curiosity and it did not take me long to discover where this line came from Reading Shakespeare I have always approached with dread but recently it s become important to me to just have a go and see where it leads me This time I discovered it was an easy read and my dread of it being hard to understand disappeared as it was funny, not big laughslike a light comedy due to the bucket loads of dramatic irony In a different hand the plot would have seemed contrived to me but this just worked beautifully.The story also felt familiar as it was a mix of Romeo and Julietand Much Ado About Nothingbut set in an ancient English royal court It also has mayhem, confusion, misunderstanding, villainy and war, but driving all this is a romance, a marriage broken by others because the princess marries a man outside her social class It was also a surprise to find elements out of Homer s text, of seers and a kind of a wishing which resonated sacrifice rituals And I was a little thrown by the presence of Jupiter, albeit through a dream, but when the play ends I couldn t help thinking he had a hand in the outcome.So, yeah, I enjoyed reading this one, andso because it gave me a deeper understanding of Mrs Dalloway as she thinks about Fear nothe heat of the sun BBC s production of CymbelineAvailable on DVD and made in 1982, directed by Elijah Mohinsky and cast includes Helen Mirren and Claire Bloom.This was entertaining to watch and the bonus is the play s performance helped me to put into the context how some parts of the text are sung This and the composition of the music along with costume and sparse sets helped me to see how this production could have been performed in Shakespeare s time Reading it before watching it added to my enjoyment of watching this dvd This coupled with brilliant performances made me forget I was watching it on a small screen.The DVD does not come with many features the title screen is simple which includes subtitles I also like how the chapter is divided into scenes and acts of the play allowing me to jump straight to a specific scene to watch again.More info on production available here In the text this is marked as being sung which I couldn t imagine until watching the BBC production on DVD review updated late Sept 2019


  10. Liz Janet Liz Janet says:

    No one dies, a guy named Posthumus marries the king s daughter without permission, and then Jupiter comes down from heaven and shouts at people what the hell is going on.


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