[LMB] Group Read of Richard III 1.1

Walter Bushell proto at panix.com
Thu Jun 8 12:24:42 BST 2017

> On Jun 7, 2017, at 9:57 AM, pouncer at aol.com wrote:
> Okay, to kick things off.
> A cool feature of R3 is that Shax avoids chorus 
> and prologue and jumps right into monologue
> and dialogue. Richard stands on the street
> corner and talks to himself -- and hey, along
> come a prisoner and guards.  They chat, part,
> and then - wow -- coming along another
> way arrive a mourner and pall bearers. THEY
> chat. And then because of the chat the
> mourner and mourned part ways and the pall
> bearers go off down a different third way than 
> either they'd come from, or where they'd been
> going. (And presumably different from the
> directions of the Clarence's arrest or jail.) 
> BUSY corner. 
> No threats, no force, no bribes, no promises.
> What Richard mostly does is lay out a wholly 
> different perspective - or two, given that his views 
> in monologue differ from his claims to others. He
> hardly even pulls strings.  He talks, and things
> change. 
> No wonder Miles is enthralled. 

And Richard (GLOUCESTER) is deformed to boot.
And therefore, since I cannot prove a lover,
To entertain these fair well-spoken days,
I am determined to prove a villain
And hate the idle pleasures of these days.

However, one of my sources claims that this is an
excuse. We shall see. Anyway he reminds me of 
Alberich who renounces love for power.

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