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Shakespeare Rummy Deck Book of Descriptions by Hannah Tompkins

 

 

 

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

 

 

Alphabetical listing of character descriptions

Rosalind: Symbol for Lovers   "As You Like It"
An extraordinary person with a most extravagant imagination. Like Viola of 12th N. she was forced into male disguise for safety and survival. A true lover and all goodness, which floods her background and trims her dashing hat of passion. She typifies the balance and happy union of male and female elements, hence the particolored jerkin of purity and earthiness, collared in nobleness. Her trousers of loyalty blue are matched with the brown of modesty. Her striped shirt reveals her lack of false pride or vanity She assumes the role of shepherd with humility, even tho she is the Duke's daughter. The green on her cuff and shoulder show friendship, also seen in the banners she holds, accompanied by red & pink: love and understanding, The twin flowers, full and blooming, symbolize a happy, fruitful union.
A fine balance of Anima-Animus.. Jung-Shmung.. as long as you're healty!

 

 

Rosencranz & Guilderstern - Hamlet --from Shakespeare Rummy Deck by Hannah Tompkins

   

Rosencranz & Guilderstern: Symbol for Fated Ones"Hamlet"
2 of the most nothing characters in Shakespeare! Like Siamese robot twins they are bound together by their interlocking arms of gray fear and subservience to do the King's evil bidding. One carries the decree for Hamlet's murder and the other hold the dagger. Their attire is that of small boys' sailor suits and like children they passively submit to the King 'father', an act which brings about their own doom, as seen in the mourning bands
on the sleeves. Surrounded by grays and blacks the color reflects their personalities and their fate. Gloom, doom, death and desolation! So Sorrowful, Sorrowful!
No fringe benefits in this gig!

 

 

 

Sir Toby Belch - Twelfth Night --from Shakespeare Rummy Deck by Hannah Tompkins

  Alphabetical listing of character descriptions

Toby Belch: Symbol for Status-Seekers"Twelfth Night"
Olivia's uncle, and called SIR Toby by his friends, but for all his aristocracy in his purple hat and ornate garments, he is really broke and at the mercy of his niece's hand-outs, His emotional and forthright characteristics are seen in his red jacket and the browns in the trimming, and the sleeve which also has the yellow cuff of honesty, tho the wide stripes denote his submission to his weakness; guzzling. His blue-green pants show his ego, cynicism and irreverence for 'class distinctions' indicated by the striped sleeve and only one shoulder guard of loyalty. The large purse & pink flower suggest his potential kindness and generosity. He has no scruples about extorting money from Aguecheek or doing a number on the pious Malvolio. Despite the incessant carousing, he looks glum and morose like the gray ground. Toby Belch likes to welsh but with 3 sheets to the wind he can drown his humiliation. Cheer up, ole pal, money can't buy happiness. (but it makes one's misery more bearable.. I know!)

 

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

 

 

 

Touchstone: Symbol for Fools"As You Like It"
A genuine, authentic Fool! Good-natured and honest, like his yellow ground and cap. His robe of simplicity trimmed in loyalty is tied with a rope of ardor. His sleeves of friendship-green are banded in purity and warmth. The upper part of one bears the crest of the royal house he serves, originally of the retinue of the usurped Duke he remained on at the palace but he deserts willingly to accompany Celia and Rosalind to the Forest. The other sleeve has a trusty band on the light green of youth and growth. His face is frank and open and his hands interlocked like a spiritual Buddha.
Another candidate on the Peace & Love plank
Touch is really much!

 

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