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Shakespeare Rummy Deck Book of Descriptions by Hannah Tompkins

 

 

 

Oliver - As You Like It --from Shakespeare Rummy Deck by Hannah Tompkins

 

 

Alphabetical listing of character descriptions

Oliver: Symbol for Evil-Doers   "As You Like It"
Insolent and rancorous, he tries to deprive his brother Orlando of his rightful legacy thru unscrupulous means. This mischief is shown in the gray ground and armor. The purples and wide buckled belt indicate his ambitions for land, title and power. His black cape with the status sign covers a mantle of envy and greed, banded in a double design of diamonds and crosses. These ugly greens are also in his collar, cuffs and hat. With the unsheathed sword he pursues his brother with malicious vengeance into the Forest where upon he meets Celia and zap! Her love and kindness turns him on to the point of conversion, symbolized by the crossed chest ribbons. He forsakes the black mask and takes on the heart. He winds up as a lover!.. and a winner! "That's where it's really at, Ollie!"

 

 

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

   

Olivia: Symbol for Status-Seekers"Twelfth Night"
A young, rich, vain, spoiled heiress who pretends to righteous ideals (the fancy gold crown) a but abandons them when earthy lust overtakes her, shown by the background color and striped veils. The narrow veil of virtue is stitched and pieced together. Her gown is ornate and she is heavily jeweled showing her status as does the diamond marked streamer. Her sleeves are scalloped in passion and greed as she grips the ripe flower of desire. Her pink-trimmed bodice means she is capable of some goodness, but only when it serves her purpose or is close to her heart. Her skirt of blue-green vanity is ribboned in selfishness. Her wide blue collar of loyalty is studded with emeralds.. and THAT says it for Olivia!

 

 

Ophelia - Hamlet --from Shakespeare Rummy Deck by Hannah Tompkins

   

 

Ophelia: Symbol for Fated Ones"Hamlet"
Fated because she was caught in circumstances she had no power to alter or cope with. Coerced into obedience by a domineering father and bossy brother, she was deprived of making her own choices. Tho she is basically 'good' (pink ground) and honest (her sleeves and yoke) she cannot exercise her own will, hence the prison stripes on her bodice and skirt of black and blue, meaning injury and death. The light yellow green is her tender youth. The rest of her garments, like her personality, are stitched together. Sad and wistful, she is crowned by multi-colored flowers: her innocence. She also hold a small bouquet in a funerary pose, as the ominous blackness inside her sleeves and enveloping her back reveals her fate: darkness, madness and death.
She was no Juliet, who did NOT die a virgin!
Sorrowful! Sorrowful!

 

Orlando - As You Like It --from Shakespeare Rummy Deck by Hannah Tompkins

 

 

 

Orlando: Symbol for Lovers"As You Like It"
Easy going and compromising, this gentle guy is not very complicated, as the blue ground indicates. His jerkin of friendship-green is trimmed in purity. His shirt and cuffs are the pink and red of love and kindness. The sleeves of youth-green are caped in the yellow of honesty. The belt of loyalty across his chest holds a quiver of arrows (Cupid's no doubt!) The brown hat denotes his simplicity and sincerity. The black shoulder guards signify his flight and banishment into the woods, where he writes his ditties of love to Rosalind. He is thoughtful and pensive as well as young, healthy, handsome and strong.
So what else does he need?
It's O.K. Ros, we understand

 

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