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A totality of truth and goodness, the yellow of her gown matches the
veils and coronet crowning a noble face on a ground of purity. The pink
denotes her unselfishness as she offers a pink flower; kindness and sympathy.
The purple yoke implies her royal legacy. Over her arm hangs a pennant
of loyalty as she holds a sincere filial knot. The sun symbol is also on
the brooch. The wide stitched sash signifies her social position and
compromises to her father's will and decisions. Behind can be seen the
fateful black, for she too was done in..."Alas, alas, the weary world is
full of wicked wiles."
Count Orsino: "12th Night"
The Count is another member of the idle rich, tho he's not a 'bad'
guy, indicated by the earth-colored crown and wide collar. His robe is passion-red and covered with insignias and crests, but his shield, (like
Viola's standard) bears a heart. He's in love with love as the upside down
heart implies. Definitely of the ruling class, as the sash and sceptre
verify, but still rather stuffy and conventional. Nonetheless, he turns
Viola on...Well, there's no accounting for taste - (or it could be
'father transference' as they say in the trade.)
Although a true lover, she is classed as a Fated-One because she was a
victim of circumstances not of her making and which she could not
control. Her Sad Destiny is written on her face. She is veiled in purity,
mingled with the dark grey of doubt. Her red shawl of love is banded with
honesty, with the pink flowers of tenderness, these same colors repeat
these qualities in her dress. The purple ground typifies her dignity and
honor. The sash of lineage and conformity is ill-fitting and incompatible.
Over her arm hangs a dark shroud. She holds a bud, symbol of
unrealized fulfillment...cut off by deception and intrigue. Sorrowful! Sorrowful.
Duke: "As You Like It"
This Duke, Rosalind's father, banished by a usurping brother has taken
to the rustic life for refuge. His hat is of the country-dweller tho his
tunic is of royalty. Over one shoulder he wears a crested regal cape, but
the sceptre is a forest branch. The shoulder wing of black & yellow show
his honesty and exile. The red sleeve and chest sash denote his fervor, and
the wide belt, his authority. His left hand, cuffed in kindness hold a
shield grounded in fellowship & integrity, the leaf design symbolizing Peace &Amity. One of the good guys but not very bright, and definitely NOT
the ducal type. His preference, and who can blame him...is the fun and
games of his rustic commune.
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