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Shakespeare Rummy Deck Book of Descriptions by Hannah Tompkins

 

 

 

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

 

 

Alphabetical listing of character descriptions

Elbow: Symbol for Fools   "Measure for Measure"
Altho he is really a Constable, the one arresting everybody, under orders, he is here classed as a Fool. In his naiveté, he utters truths thru a fractured vocabulary in the true style of Foolery. These truths or "keys" are hung over an arm of amity. In the Duke's service so long "..he's out at Elbow". His cape bears the royal crest. The striped shawl indicates his age and social station. The low slung belt suggest his menial authority, and the red sash, his devotion to this duty. The halberd and shield are his 'professional' gear. The crossed fish skeletons imply barrenness, reflected also in the lean face, capped in a brown pilgrim's hat, which like his cape defines his rustic simplicity. In a situation crowded with illegalities and immoralities, we need a little 'Elbow' room.

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

 

 

Emilia: Symbol for Good People"Othello"
A worldly wise truth-teller, her smiling, candid face, framed by a cap of honesty, with yellow sun-ray veils, is set on the blue ground of integrity. Her pink bodice of goodness is collared with sincerity and pinned with a garnet of constancy. Over her right arm flow the symbols of nobility, veracity & fidelity. The left shows destiny and grief. Her skirt, divided friendship and morality, stitched to signify her breach with such as her husband Iago and conformist patterns in general. She exposes his diabolical schemes and dies by his hand, a martyr to her high principles. She holds a globe of a gray world of fears and doubts, but not without hope, as seen in the yellow blouse trimmed in white.
Beautiful Emilia...we miss you!

 

 

Feste - Twelfth Night --from Shakespeare Rummy Deck by Hannah Tompkins

  Alphabetical listing of character descriptions

Feste: Symbol for Fools"Twelfth Night"
He is more than a household clown. He is the Prince of Fools as his purple tunic and cap show. It also represents his inner nobility. The light blue on his collar, cuffs and skirt indicate his decency and merit. His hose, brown and green mark his naturalness and sympathy. Behind him the yellow of truth and blue of loyalty on which can be seen a rising sun...dawn, birth, beginning and light, also noted in the candle. It is he who brings light and pen to the closeted Malvolio. He says: "There is no darkness but ignorance". Many fools play wise, but he, the wisest of them all, plays fool.
Like his name he can be 'Festive' or 'Pestive'., but always a winner!

 

 

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

 

 

 

Fool: Symbol for Fools"King Lear"
"Fool" is all the name he has. If Feste is Prince, then the extraordinary being must be supreme monarch in Foolocracy. Like Hamlet, he can fit into almost any category, (except Evil-Doer or Status-Seeker). The yellows of the ground and his cap & gown define him as a truth-teller. The other half of his cap is of noble purple, striped in love, a symbol repeated on his sleeve in 4 hearts, the quadrangle being a universal manifestation. His parti-colored suit is of honesty & loyalty, the vertical stripes; explicit direction. One sleeve is cuffed in innocence and lined with modesty; the other lined in friendship trimmed in the doom of black ermine. His guileless intelligent face is focused on the bauble, his own replica, as tho conversing with his conscience. Like a celestial constellation, his magnitude is all-embracing...a little more than a 'Fool', a little less than a God. Shine on, my star...I love you, Fool!

 

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