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

 

 

Alphabetical listing of character descriptions

Tybalt: Symbol for Fated Ones   "Romeo & Juliet"
Another victim caught in the quicksand of fate, however much he contributed to the making... mostly trouble-making. He was a rich, spoiled brat, always ready and looking for a good scrap. He would deliberately kick up a lot of sand and provoke a fight, indicated by the up-edged sword which he holds with both hands. The green on the background and on his right sleeve denotes his self-centered indulgence. Gray mischief trims his hat of black doom. Black is also on his sleeve, crested with the wheel of fate, and lining his cape of pugnacious irascibility. The purple in his garments signify his aristocratic lineage. The designs of opposing lines confirm his confusion and disjunction. He was a mixed-up kid. His motto was 'hit and run'. If only he had learned to
write instead of fight... who knows!

 

 

Verges & Dogberry - Much Ado About Nothing --from Shakespeare Rummy Deck by Hannah Tompkins

  Alphabetical listing of character descriptions

Verges & Dogberry: Symbol for Fools"Much Ado About Nothing"
Their official appointments are; Constable & Headborough. (Whatever THAT is.) But they are categorical clowns who. fracture the King's English and in their own inimitable way expose some pungent truths. In their job of Night Watch, they uncover the secret plots, as noted in the gray shadowed background and black coat of Verges. Half his cape & collar are of simple-ness, the other half, of fellowship. The kind and loving chest sash and pieced together belt of authority are ill-fitting and incongruous from which hangs a purse in careless fashion. His shield bears the sun symbol on a gray ground Eventually they bring light to dark deeds. Dogberry's cape of homeliness bears the Prince's crest, to whom he extends the loyalty indicated by his blue gown, also belted and stitched together in ridiculous truth. The 4 golden buttons are indicative of a cosmic spiritual number. His lantern too is symbolic. Paradoxically, everything turns out right because of or despite this pair of monkey-shiners, with their blundering, buffoonery and fustian foolery. "What's right is right" as Stan Laurel would say. In homage to them ALL! Verges & Dogs, Laurel & Hardy. Foolocracy's the only way of life: of the people, for the people, by the people, so Fools perish not from this earth!

 

 

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

   

Viola: Symbol for Truth Tellers"Twelfth Night"
Her forced disguise as a boy creates the confusion of mistaken identity, with Olivia falling in love with her. But despite the male attire she is, very much the pure girl, as the blue ground implies, and a truth-teller, regardless of her own necessary deception. In the Count's service as courier, she pleads his love suit to Olivia. His royal crest is seen on her sleeve. The browns on her hat, epaulets, jacket trim and sleeve denote her modesty and sincerity. Her jacket is of friendship-green and cuffed in pink goodness, like her pants. Over her shoulder is the Count's mantle with its diamond design of status, under which is one of horizontal stripes; she is captive to her secret feelings. The red & yellow of truth and ardor are also repeated on her right sleeve and shirt. The Count's standard; 2 hearts crossed and divided by a double-headed arrow, like his fickle feelings. It's hard to say about that match. Getting tangled with the weary, idol rich could be contagious! Idle mind, the Devil's playground, and all that jazz you know!

     

FIN

 

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