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Index of Plays    -    Index of Suits    -    Alphabetic Index of Characters

Shakespeare Rummy Deck Book of Descriptions by Hannah Tompkins

 

 

 

Cordelia - King Lear --from Shakespeare Rummy Deck by Hannah Tompkins

 

 

Alphabetical listing of character descriptions

Cordelia: Symbol for Truth Tellers   "King Lear"
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 - Twelfth Night --from Shakespeare Rummy Deck by Hannah Tompkins

 

 

Count Orsino: Symbol for Royalty"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.)

 

 

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

  Alphabetical listing of character descriptions

Desdemona: Symbol for Fated Ones"Othello"
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 --from Shakespeare Rummy Deck by Hannah Tompkins

 

 

 

Duke: Symbol for Royalty"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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