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Shakespeare Rummy Deck Book of Descriptions by Hannah Tompkins

 

 

 

Celia - As You Like It --from Shakespeare Rummy Deck by Hannah Tompkins

 

 

Alphabetical listing of character descriptions

Celia: Symbol for Good People   "As You Like It"
Her sweet and smiling face is framed with a head-band of love and kindness, set on a ground of purity, like her nature. The pink & red skirt emphasizes this quality, as do the flowers on her full sleeves of growth-green, which are banded in loyalty and cuffed in truth, like her bodice and apron. The vertical stripes denote her uprightness. The peasant's vest is of friendship green, trimmed in modesty. Tho the daughter of the usurping Duke, her purple royalty is behind her as she assumes the guise of a shepherdess. She holds a basket of fruit, a symbol of fruitfulness and fertility. "Stay with it, Celia baby, there's hope yet for this sick world!"

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

 

 

Claudio: Symbol for Lovers"Measure for Measure"
A simple, honest lover whose integrity is shown by the blue collar and wide brimmed hat framing a troubled face. The rustic jerkin of friendship green& the staff indicate his simplicity. The sash of honesty, passion & pride hangs over his sleeve banded in loyalty. The mantle over his shoulder; red for feelings; yellow for truth has opposing diagonals, signifying conflict...In his case it's with law. His alliance with Julietta was moral but not legal. So Angelo the fink sent him to the clink. His super-virtuous sister was no great help either. In the end his union was 'legalized',; making everything soapy. At least the moral face of the community got a superficial washing, but who cares?

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

 

Claudio: Symbol for Good People"Much Ado About Nothing"
Although the suitor of Hero, he is classed as a 'good person' because he is basically without malice, and because his romantic passion lacks intensity. This is seen in the short red mantle, flanked by a cape of friendship, the designs of which show his changeability. The browns imply his modesty. His goodness, by the pink background. The upper tunic & shield are the colors of secrets, shadows and intrigues. Like Othello, he was trapped in a web of lies, but his red belt of desire and yellow sash of truth ultimately resolve the conspiracy. "Cheers! Claudio, but I still think you're a square!"

 

 

Claudius - Hamlet --from Shakespeare Rummy Deck by Hannah Tompkins

 

 

 

Claudius: Symbol for Royalty"Hamlet"

This, Tho classed as Royalty, is also an Evil-Doer. His red bodice reveals his lust; for Gertrude and the crown. The yellow-green sash of jealousy is diagonaled in conflict and adorns the regal robe. The same color is on the sleeve, with a royal crest on a ground of covetousness, cuffed in deathly-black ermine, like the flowing lapel. This doom is also in the black cord by which hangs his pendant of authority, also marked by the jeweled yoke of greed. He holds a vial of poison, with which he 'did in his brother, and a goblet of same intended for Hamlet'. (The dual meaning is that "Cuddles" was no slacker in nightly carousing!) The crown sits heavy on his anxious face. He earned the shiv in the gizzard. "Sorry, old boy, Tell it to the Chaplain".

 

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