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Shakespeare Rummy Deck Book of Descriptions by Hannah Tompkins

 

 

 

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

 

 

Alphabetical listing of character descriptions

Don John: Symbol for Evil-Doers   "Much Ado About Nothing"
He is Don Pedro's bastard brother and he lives up to this distinction. He stands on a ground of jealousy in a gown of greed. In his ambition for power and status, he resorts, like Iago, to victimizing the innocent with his venom. The divided cloak reveals his split and cunning nature: purple for royalty, with a combination design of arrows and status symbols; and black, with over-sized crest of pretended virtue. The striped shawl on the other shoulder, a mark of humility, in his case also fraudulent. The ill-fitting crown covers a scowling face. From beneath the right sleeve of ego and cynicism, disguised with olive leaves he hold his venom. The quiver of arrows, another weapon of hate, also ear-marked on the shield, divided into evil & hypocrisy: the viper and branch. The Don's philosophy is: "Even if you can't win it's fun to kick up the sand."

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

 

 

Don Pedro: Symbol for Royalty"Much Ado About Nothing"
A sober prince with a sense of justice. His green crested royal robe describes his amity, the brown yoke and skirt denoted his frankness. The sashes, a sign of authority, do not immunize him from becoming the accessory to John's plot, indicated by the arrowed sleeve and lapel, and horizontal sleeve. His red vest, a sign of his ardor and romanticism, as he plays the match-maker. But thanks to brother John, Pedro winds up patchin' all his matchin'.

 

 

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

  Alphabetical listing of character descriptions

Edgar: Symbol for Good People"King Lear"
The royal heir of Earl of Gloucester, he is nonetheless, sincere and unassuming, hence the modest brown on the background and regal sleeve. The deceptive schemes of his bastard brother Edmund has driven him into disguise as Mad-Tom covered in gray rags, which are however belted in a rope of truth. The filial sleeve is lined in loyalty and extends a hand holding the emblem of beggars: the horn also symbolized giving and taking. He shows unselfish devotion in caring for his blinded father. The inverted moon depicts an upside-down world, also the reference to astrological predictions. On his right shoulder he wears the robe Lear gave him in the hovel, which is prophetic, since Edgar shares in ruling the Kingdom after Lear dies and all the bad guys are wiped out.

 

 

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

 

 

 

Edmund Symbol for Evil-Doers"King Lear"
Deprived of a legacy because of illegitimacy, he nurses vengeance thru villainous ambition. Envy and greed are shown in the background and yoke. His armor of many grays denoted his wickedness and evil plots. The wide belt shows his ruthless driving will, yet he is a prisoner of his corrupt, covetous desires, revealed by the striped sleeve. Red hate in on the sash& shield, which bears the crown; his ambition, on a secret ground, ringed in black doom. The double-headed crossed arrows represent his double-dealing & double-crossing both Regan & Goneril for his vile intentions. Edgar does him in, in brotherly retribution. Being 'illegitimate' is one thing...being a bastard is something else again! Edmund just never learned the difference!

 

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