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

Shakespeare Rummy Deck Book of Descriptions by Hannah Tompkins

 

 

 

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

 

 

Alphabetical listing of character descriptions

Hero: Symbol for Lovers   "Much Ado About Nothing"
A sweet, modest girl with not much else on her mind but 'love & marriage, So that limits her category. Her background shows an honesty, also revealed on her sleeves which also bear colors revealing such traits as innocence, loyalty, unselfishness and passion. The purple bodice defines her rank as the governors daughter. She is a 'good' girl, and open as the wide pink collar suggests. Her skirt is banded in virtue and harmony but the black stripes show the scandal and humiliation brought about thru Don John's vicious scheme. The excessive stitching indicates her obedience and compliance to 'rules'. Over her arm hangs a black shroud, striped in the gray of doubt, partly covering her brown sincerity. In her traumatic faint she is carried off as 'dead' and interred by Friar Francis, (probably cousin to Laurence of R&J, and of the same Religous Order of "Let's put one over on the biggies".) When her honor is restored, she is resurrected, hence the 2 lilies. She is married to Claudio as her cousin, disguised in veils, seen in the dual head covering. Well she finally got her man! Maybe their kids will turn out with more mettle!

 

 

 

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

  Alphabetical listing of character descriptions

Iago: Symbol for Evil-Doers"Othello"
Dressed in a black suit of doom and ruin, this cunning trouble-maker is placed on a green ground of Jealousy and malice. The wickedness of his green and greedy hat does not hide his scowling, ugly aspect. The particolored cape denotes his hypocrisy. His right side, of red hate and anger bears the web and black-widow spider, and covers a mantle of covetousness marked with the double-cross. On his left side the cape shows loyalty, whose counterfeit is exposed by borders of ruin and spite. The 'prison-striped' sleeve with armored gauntlet holds out a flower of 'friendship' and 'honesty' "Honest Iago..."Othello calls him...behind which he readies the dagger of revenge. The guy really has hang-ups..."But don't blame it all on your mother, Buster!"

 

 

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

   

Isabella: Symbol for Stastus-Seekers"Measure for Measure"
This lovely, for all her pretended virtue and piety, donning the nun's habit, and all, cannot hide her deep passion; RED flooding the whole background. Behind her are 2 flames, issuing from the green candles of her suppressed envy. The sleeves tho edged in purity and hope are banded in mourning black like her head cape. Her pious clutching of the bible is betrayed by the basket of eggs, symbol of procreation. She would not compromise her 'virtue' to save her brother's life (THAT was the issue, not Angelo's repulsiveness) but does not hesitate to abandon all the monastic vows when the Duke pops the proposal. Decidedly a status seeker and revoltingly righteous. Despite the puritanical cellophane her secret refrain was:
"Isabella wants a fella!"

     

 

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