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Shakespeare Rummy Deck Book of Descriptions by Hannah Tompkins

 

 

 

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

 

 

Alphabetical listing of character descriptions

Benedick: Symbol for Lovers   "Much Ado About Nothing"
He is the Hero-Lover of Beatrice. Whether for or against marriage, he is a man of order and honesty, as shown by his red & yellow mantle. His background and cuffs are 'growth-green', denoting his emotional expansion. The buckled belt; chest sash and tunic denote his military career on Don Pedro's legions. Goodness and honesty stripe his shirt, the two directions signifying his duality as soldier and lover. His decency can also be seen in the pink cuff and flower of tenderness. The light blue mantle shows him for a man of integrity but not without a streak of vanity and a touch of cynicism...the blue-green part. The dashing brown hat and vest show his earthiness. His union with Beatrice will be anything but dull. The match is more like ping-pong than courtship! Cheer on! me hearties!

Benvolio - Romeo & Juliet --from Shakespeare Rummy Deck by Hannah Tompkins

 

 

Benvolio: Symbol for Good People"Romeo & Juliet"
Romeo's cousin, (Probably on his mother's side) is not a scrapper like Tybalt or Mercutio. The light blue background shows his integrity; the purple hat, his nobility; the brown tunic, his modesty; yellow sleeves his honesty; and over his arm, the pink & olive-green pennants of kindness and friendship, lined with the dark blue of loyalty, also seen in the shoulder guards. He is upright and law abiding, quoting the Duke's edicts. Under his right arm, the Wheel of Destiny. Ben is just one of the spokes, but a good kid.

Barbantio - Othello --from Shakespeare Rummy Deck by Hannah Tompkins

 

Brabantio: Symbol for Royalty"Othello"
Desdemona's father; there's no mistaking this rich influential member of the ruling class with his royal purple hat and gown. The somber background matches his stern and uncompromising aspect. The imperious band, no-nonsense chain and pendant as well as the ornate robe, all denote his authority. Behind the lapel can be seen a partially hidden crest of double-headed arrows, also repeated on his shoulder indicate his sharp rancor at his daughter's actions. His left hand cuffed in wrath, holds the axe of spite and filial denial. Like his countryman, Capulet, his little girl can have anything she wants, so long as it's in accord with his dictates. But his intractability was self-destructive. Too bad! Another drop-out from Fathers School.

 

 

 

Cassio - Othello --from Shakespeare Rummy Deck by Hannah Tompkins

 

 

Alphabetical listing of character descriptions

Cassio: Symbol for Good People"Othello"
He is basically a decent, well-meaning person, as the light blue background shows. The shirt and jacket of browns indicates his open-ness, but the varied diagonals mean he is discombobulated, at loose ends. His zeal &enthusiasm are in the red, jaunty hat and red scarf. Over his shoulder is a cape of friendship-green, crested with a flower of kindness. His right sleeve is striped, making him captive to his weakness, the tankard of wine. As a result, his reputation is dishonored. He is 'roped' into being a vehicle for Iago's malice, and his life is split like his sleeve, through deceptive friends. "Better watch the nectar, Hector!" and join I.A.*

*Iagos Anonymous

 

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