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Shakespeare Rummy Deck Book of Descriptions by Hannah Tompkins

 

 

 

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

 

 

Alphabetical listing of character descriptions

Othello: Symbol for Fated Ones   "Othello"
His star of Fate is fixed on a ground of Destiny. His face is furrowed in anguish, his head hooded in a helmet of gray doubt, with ear guards that make him oblivious to the song of peace and love. The earth colored shirt suggesting modesty is harnessed in military gear. Over his right shoulder hangs a mantle of doom, marked with the double cross on a band of friendship. His left sleeve of brown sincerity banded by love and hope is separated by a black strip, turning the passion to hate. The green glove of jealousy crushes the flower of goodness, hanging limp and lifeless. Over his arm, a shield ringed in blood, shows the fly trapped in the web. It is divided in the grays of intrigue and deception. His sash of truth and loyalty are partly covered by the mantle of ruin, and his belt of the same symbol is all but covered by the glove of suspicion. For all his military prowess, courage in danger and resourcefulness in difficulties, he was naive in his judgment and perception about people. How else could he let a measly handkerchief foul up his life? It is suggested that Iago primed him in the heat of epileptic seizures, but that's no excuse. Othello, split like his shield, is full of inner conflicts. and civil war. As the old adage says : "With a 'friend' like Iago, who needs enemies?"

 

 

 

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

  Alphabetical listing of character descriptions

Polonius: Symbol for Status-Seekers"Hamlet"
Lord Chamberlain to Claudius & Gertrude, he is a man of shadows and secrets like the gloomy background. Authoritarian and verbose, he still does the lackey act, looking for points by means of fair or foul. His purple robe trimmed in black ermine denoted his social station and aspiration. The direction lines on his shirt indicate his devious methods of acquisition. The royal crest marks one sleeve, while the other is banded in passion, lust and greed, like the rim of his cap which is of pretended virtue. On the heavy pendant of his 'officialdom' is the hourglass sign of the black widow spider. His eyes are lowered in false humility, as is his pose of obeisance. A status-seeker, stool-pigeon, spy, tale-bearer, scandal-monger and just plain dirty old man. Hamlet used a persuasive argument. Polonius got the point!

 

 

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

   

Pompey: Symbol for Fools"Measure for Measure"
A bawd and tapster working for Mistress Overdone, a true Fool and philosopher of the underworld. His wide brimmed earthy hat frames a broad, kind and loving face set on a background of truth, which can also be seen in his trousers, striped in hope and sincerity. This aspect is emphasized in the torch emblem on his jacket of passion. Pride and self-esteem are revealed in his shirt
and lower ground of blue-green. One cuff of the friendship-green sleeve is of decency, the other of youth and growth, black, white and stitched, signifying his confusions and concern about the futilities of legal conformity. His loyalty is shown in the blue shoulder guards and on his hat. In one hand he holds a flower, in
the other he gently cradles a dove; symbols of "Peace and Love".
The slogan is STILL good!
He's a beautiful being whose performance is as good as his promise.
Pompey for President!

     

 

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