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Shakespeare Rummy Deck Book of Descriptions by Hannah Tompkins

 

 

 

Andrew Aguecheek - Twelfth Night --from Shakespeare Rummy Deck by Hannah Tompkins

 

 

 

Alphabetical listing of character descriptions

Aguecheek: Symbol for Status-Seekers   "12th Night"
Sir Andrew Aguecheek, born into the aristocracy, has nothing going for him but his money, and the staff indicates his rank, as does the purple hat. But it is dunce-shape, for he is a dull wearisome sot, and the wine goblet marks the extent of his 'culture'. His pinched and meager form, clad in the ruffles and finery of conceit cannot hide his jealousy, in the yellow-green background. The red vest reveals his lust, and the mantle of discordant colors, his coarseness. The pink sleeve shows a touch of well-meaning. He is stupid, but not vicious. It is said, the kinds at school called him: "Andy, Andy, the Bonehead Dandy!"

 

Angelo - Measure for Measure --from Shakespeare Rummy Deck by Hannah Tompkins

 

 

Angelo: Symbol for Evil-Doers"Measure for Measure"
Despite his name, he is an evil-doer, for condemning others for the same faults he has, but masks with such cunning. In a position of power he wields a deadly weapon; a dagger in one hand, a sceptre in the other. His ducal hat, pendant and robe of black ermine also represent his authority. The left upper sleeve is, however, divided, revealing his deceptive, split personality, and the horizontal stripes, a base nature, that is prisoner to lust; the touches of red. The stitching on his garments implies his submission to conformity. Behind the Duke's royal crest in the lower right corner can be seen Angelo's shield: a crescent moon of covetousness, an a ground of gray, like the background, signifying shadows, dark deeds and concealment. Maybe Marianne can show him that sex is NOT dirty!

 

 

Barnadine - Measure for Measure --from Shakespeare Rummy Deck by Hannah Tompkins

 

  Alphabetical listing of character descriptions

Barnadine: Symbol for Truth Tellers"Measure for Measure"
Although he had been imprisoned for 12 years (...and nobody knew exactly why!) His free spirit defied authority and any intimidation. This duality is shown behind him in the blue sky & Prison bars & lock. He is a firm truth-teller and this passion is ear-marked by the red sleeve, and symbol on his tunic, whose brown color defines his naturalness & sincerity. The other sleeve bears the ornamentation of 'society' by whose legalities he was confined. Breaking the ax is symbolic of his refusal to be executed. Tho the star of Fate is stamped on his trouser leg, his face is strong and resolute. At last, out of futility, he won his liberty. A most singular and extraordinary being. "Right On, Barney, you tell 'em!"

 

Beatrice - Much Ado About Nothing --from Shakespeare Rummy Deck by Hannah Tompkins

 

 

Beatrice: Symbol for Truth Tellers"Much Ado About Nothing"
Another truth-teller and sterling character like her light blue background. Her spirit and wit are as flowing her hair and as sharp as her ready smile. The wide purple collar shows her openness and nobility. The red & pink of her sleeve and bodice reveal her passion and tenderness, trimmed in loyalty, love, and integrity, holding a candle. In her own way she brings light to a troubled situation. Her skirt of many colors, designs and stitches are characteristic of her adaptability to every circumstance. The emphasis on circular designs is emblematic of spherical harmony. What a champion! And to think Womens' Liberation hadn't been invented yet!

 

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