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SkullThat you may not be in dire need due to a lack of helpful language, I have just added this useful page to the Acting Shakespeare Resources:

Acting Shakespeare – Useful Notes on Language

You’ll find a lot of quick information there on pronunciation, punctuation, verse, grammatical usages, etc. This post may also be of interest, on plot vs. language.

Had a laugh too – as a result of my Shakespeare twitterings over on Twitter, while I started typing this, thebardbot (Twitter name for an account that responds to #shakespeare with a quote from the bard) sent me:

O, there has been much throwing about of brains.

This is spoken by Guildenstern about players (Hamlet – Act 2; Sc. 2) and feels wonderfully apt for all the hard work I’ve been doing on the Skills for Shakespeare series and this Useful Notes page!

Now for that other quote – the title for this post:-

I know you are the Muskos’ regiment:
And I shall lose my life for want of language;
If there be here German, or Dane, low Dutch,
Italian, or French, let him speak to me; I’ll
Discover that which shall undo the Florentine.

This is the braggart Parolles in All’s Well that Ends Well (Act 4; Sc. 1) – he is ready to ‘discover’ (reveal) treasonous information, offering a deal while he believes he is being held captive by the enemy, which he isn’t. Yep, those Shakespeare folk love a good trick!

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