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Shakespeare Rummy Deck Book of Descriptions by Hannah Tompkins

 

 

 

Regan & Goneril - King Lear --from Shakespeare Rummy Deck by Hannah Tompkins

 

 

Alphabetical listing of character descriptions

Regan & Goneril: Symbol for Evil-Doers   "King Lear"
"How sharper than a serpent's tooth.." The daughters of King Lear are of the same venom, a two-headed viper on a ground of malignant gray. Crowned and veiled in greed and envy, one of the veils is strumpet-striped, the other reptilian. Their common womb, egg shaped and filled with hate has an outer shell of dark gray corruption. The rattler tail, coiled on black death, incubates eggs of villainy and intrigue. The green pendant of avarice, hung on a black chain is suspended over the womb like an evil eye. The masked and greedy eyes are topped by bloody headbands of anger and fury. Greed and destruction are also seen in the symbols of sword and money bags. They were both selfish, vicious, lascivious, treacherous and depraved strumpets. Like a venereal disease they contaminated everything with cankerous rot. One poisons the other , then stabs herself. For further description only foul language remains so I refrain. Next to them the Gorgon sisters were girl scouts

 

 

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

   

Roderigo: Symbol for Status-Seekers"Othello"
The only thing this insolent clod has going for him is his money. Lacking any scruples, he becomes the easy gull of Iago's evil plots, indicated by the prison stripes on his sleeve and cape. His profile, capped in the purple of his moneyed class, frowns into the green ground of covetousness. The blue-green of his left cape and the peacock eye and feather reveal his vanity. The right cape with its status crest, and the dagger suggest his participation in secret and sinister deeds. This emblem also hangs around his neck and on the exaggerated belt of baseness. The red tunic describes his lascivious nature as he clutches a conspicuous purse, the object of Iago's attentions to him. A real loser, as the black beneath him implies. Iago tells him: "Put money in my purse. .."Go to it Rod, it might get you a decent burial...then again, it might not.

 

 

Romeo - Romeo & Juliet --from Shakespeare Rummy Deck by Hannah Tompkins

   

Romeo: Symbol for Fated Ones"Romeo & Juliet"
Usually considered a lover, but his ardor was frustrated by circumstances he could not resolve, thus making him a Fated-One. The full purple sleeve & hat mark him as the only heir of an aristocratic house. The gray prison stripes of shadow and doom on the lower sleeve dress the hand that holds the fatal dagger, that did him in. His vest of love is trimmed in loyalty blue. The slackened belt denotes his loose and sagging will power. His mantle is divided by 2 fated stars. The upper part with the family crest is death black; the lower part shows a stripe of goodness flanked by opposing diagonals, signifying his confusion and split direction. The upper ground denotes his uprightness, the dark gray lower ground, his despair. His young face is sad and resigned.
A bad scene, Romeo, and all for revenge and cotton-candy 'honor'. THAT'S why as a lover, you come in 2nd.

     

 

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