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Measure for Measure by William Shakespeare
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Nov 08, 10

bookshelves: italy, read-for-school, shakespeare, fiction, theater, early-modern
Read from October 16 to 17, 2010

Rather different from the more well known plays. As a "problem play," it deals with both comedy and drama but doesn't read strongly of either. There is a lot going on -- a man sentenced to death, his pregnant girlfriend and his soon-to-be-a-nun sister, the duke pretending to leave town and then staying as a disguised friar, his replacement going crazy with power, something about a brothel, a random friend who ends up being killed for saying bad things to the wrong guy, and then in the end we're supposed to contemplate what on earth was going on with Isabella. What happened to that whole becoming a nun thing? Apparently she has a Bella Swan issue in which every man she walks past wants to marry her, (or sleep with her) and she idiotically agrees.

Totally awesome Elizabethan era factoid learned: Barbers also worked as dentists. One's barberdentist would extract ones tooth and then throw it on the floor amongst the discarded hair. Oh, Elizabethan era.
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