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What's your favorite Shakespearean work? One of my favorites is Macbeth! How could it not be with wonderfully dark (albeit beautiful) lines like "Stars, hide your fires; Let not light see my black and deep desires." ✨?✨

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Midsummer Night's Dream | William Shakespeare
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The card for today‘s #tarottakeover #photochallenge was the Fool! I went with A Midsummer Night‘s Dream for this one because A. Bottom and the Fool go together so well, and B. The Fool card represents young love as does this play. And I love Shakespeare even tho @ErinSueG hates him 😂💁 #shakespeare #play #thebard #thefool #tarot

julesG Good choice! 1y
jmofo Ooh well done! That‘s a favorite! 1y
hermyknee Love! 1y
ErinSueMreads Gah! Worst!!! It wouldn‘t be a challenge if you didn‘t tease me with at least one Shakespeare post 1y
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King Richard II | William Shakespeare
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“Thou art a traitor and a miscreant,
Too good to be so, and too bad to live,”

💥Those be fighting words...Act 1 starts with a bang in Richard II. So many names and players, it seems a bit chaotic initially. Thankfully, the #ShakespeareReadAlong group has helped keeping it all sorted out!

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GingerAntics He‘s got so many cousins Richard can‘t even keep them straight. He just calls them all “cousin.” lol 1y
Jess_Read_This @GingerAntics I think “cousin” will be my go to response if I‘m ever questioned in a trivia competition about a relationship to RII... 1y
GingerAntics That‘s a good call, actually. I think most of the characters ARE his cousins. lol 1y
TheBookHippie 🙌🏻🙌🏻🙌🏻❤️📖 1y
readinginthedark I love your copy! 😍 1y
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🎭Act 2: Forest of Arden
-firstly.. Alan Rickman as Jaques. 🏆
-mental image of courtiers Celia, Rosalind, and Touchstone taking up sheep farming... 😂
-Orlando trying to sword fight his way to food 🙄
-“All the world‘s a stage”... epic speech yet I read a commentary that Shakespeare meant it to be mediocre!

🧐Let‘s Discuss: what are your reactions to Act 2 and have you picked up on the theme of paradoxes?

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Jess_Read_This 🎭Act 2 Discussion Below 🎭 Be forewarned it will get spoilery.... 2y
Jess_Read_This I really enjoyed Jaques... though he was the Debbie Downer of the scene, he made some points I was nodding my head to. The Duke Senior is praising Nature and its goodness. Whereas Jaques (imo) mourns the dying stag and aptly laments men infringing on its habitat and ruining the goodness. Jaques commenting to the Duke “Oh that I were a fool” was interesting in light that he just spent most of the Act darkly observing his surrounding. 2y
Jess_Read_This The singing... maybe this translates better on stage? But I could have done without it.😂 Maybe I needed more wagon chases in this Act.. lol 2y
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Lcsmcat I interpreted the “Oh that I were a fool” speech to mean he wished he had the protection to say exactly what he thought - speaking truth to power - that a Fool can get away with. 2y
Lcsmcat I‘ve watched a few productions and find it odd that Jaques is pronounced “jock-way” rather than “jahk” Does anyone have footnoted or other source material about that? 2y
Jess_Read_This @Lcsmcat That is also a good interpretation- do you think he feared recriminations from the Duke if he spoke freely? He seemed pretty free with his speech in this act. But no one seems to take him seriously lol 2y
Jess_Read_This @Lcsmcat I didn‘t know that.. I checked my edition‘s footnotes and no pronunciation of his name is given. I‘m curious what others editions say too. 2y
Lcsmcat @Jess_Read_This I‘m not sure if he feared Duke Senior or just powerful people in general. They certainly didn‘t seem to be able to get his point across to anyone! Also, given the recognized use of forest as metaphor for innocence, I wonder if Shakespeare was mocking that a bit too. 2y
JennAndrew I must say, I was somewhat... underwhelmed with this Act 😬. I enjoyed Touchstone‘s tales of courtship 😂, but otherwise I thought it was a bit lacklustre. I actually do agree with Shakespeare about the ‘All the World‘s a Stage‘ speech, I think it was mediocre. I think if he‘d kept it to the opening statement, it would have been far more impactful. As it was, it dragged for me. 2y
JennAndrew @Jess_Read_This @Lcsmcat I felt like Jaqcues was open in his speech. They certainly was enough of it! I agreed with some of his points, but felt he could have been more succinct! 🙈 He told Amiens he thought Duke Senior more a usurper than his brother & it seems he was quite happy to stand by that? I usually enjoy a malcontent, but I felt he could have benefitted from some editing! 2y
Jess_Read_This @Lcsmcat That‘s an interesting observation on the forest as a metaphor for innocence. I read one interpretation that says the Forest of Arden should be viewed as an “intensifier or projection of oneself” and gives the example of the Duke seeing goodness in it which means the Duke himself is good. I don‘t know if I‘ve made that connection yet, but thought it interesting. 2y
Jess_Read_This @JennAndrew I kind of feel let down with Act too. Touchstone was a highlight for me too. The singing interludes just seemed distracting and dragging for me. 2y
Jess_Read_This @JennAndrew @Lcsmcat He really does let loose with his monologues quite a bit in this act. I was kind of surprised he gets so much screen time and not much was given to Celia, Rosalind, or Touchstone 2y
BookishBelle I liked this Act. There were a few points when I wished Jacques would get to the point but overall it was good. Rosalind, Celia, and Touchstone‘s scene was my favorite. I think it would be pretty hilarious to see them trying to be sheep farmers! Also, I just love Alan Rickman!! I‘ll have to see if I can find the production of the play he‘s in. 2y
BookishBelle @Lcsmcat @Jess_Read_This My Norton Shakespeare only says that it usually pronounced with two syllables. It doesn‘t say what those two syllables are or that it‘s supposed to be that way. 2y
Jess_Read_This @BookishBelle Shakespeare totally could have written a play about Rosalind, Celia, and Touchstone becoming sheep farmers and I‘d be hopelessly entertained by it. Those three together are hilarious. I want to find the Alan Rickman production too! Now I hear his voice in my head when I read Jaques parts. 2y
JaclynW Thanks for tagging me @Jess_Read_This ! I'm behind in my reading but hoping to catch up in a day or two. I will come back then. 😊 2y
Jess_Read_This @JaclynW oh for sure! No pressure at all. I just tag everyone who mentioned wanting to join in so they can easily see the discussion post. I never mean for anyone to feel pressured. Join in when you can! 2y
GingerAntics Alan Rickman as Jaques!!! YES!!! 2y
GingerAntics I hadn‘t heard that Shakespeare meant for “all the world‘s a stage” to be mediocre. I guess it just goes to show that you never know at the time what is going to be memorable. 2y
GingerAntics @BookishBelle @Jess_Read_This I would totally read that play!!! It would be awesome. Plus, it‘s Shakespeare so their probably would have been some ghosts or talking animals thrown in, or maybe even some forest spirits for added excitement. That would have been a good play. 2y
Jess_Read_This @GingerAntics I know! I kind of think the opposite of the “all the world‘s a stage” and almost think it ties in biblically with all the biblical references Adam makes (or will make). This educator suggested it was meant to be mediocre based on the lack of alliteration in it. She said important things are conveyed with alliteration in Shakespeare. I‘m summarizing but can dig up the link to the question she was answering. 2y
Jess_Read_This @GingerAntics @BookishBelle Now I‘m seriously bummed such a play doesn‘t exist. Ghosts, forest spirits, talking animals all would make for a great performance! 2y
GingerAntics @Jess_Read_This that seems like a shady way to conclude he meant it to be mediocre. He just didn‘t do alliteration. Maybe he was trying something different, and ended up not really liking it. 2y
GingerAntics @Jess_Read_This @BookishBelle I was thinking the same thing. There is always hope for a lost Shakespeare play. lol I‘ve never had any ambition to do Shakespeare fan fiction, but my imagination is running wild with this idea now. lol 2y
BookishBelle @Jess_Read_This @GingerAntics That is a great idea for a play!! I‘m bummed it doesn‘t exist too! I would definitely have read about those three being sheep farmers! I guess we‘ll just have to hold out hope for a lost play... BTW... we had pancakes for supper tonight! 🥞 4 Life!! 🙃 2y
GingerAntics @BookishBelle well played!!! I hope they were really yummy. Fingers crossed for the lost play. lol 2y
batsy I ? Jaques, and it's true that no one seems to take him seriously ? It's interesting that he wishes he had the "motley coat" of the fool to cleanse the world of infection; such irony in wanting to be a fool in order to be taken seriously, because in being serious he's merely treated as a melancholy fool! He's the counter argument against the pure, content pastoral life that others seem to want to believe in. Human vices will go where humans go. 2y
batsy Love the idea of a play with Celia, Rosalind and Touchstone as sheep farmers with ghosts thrown in 😂 Maybe some haunted trees and angry plants... @Jess_Read_This @GingerAntics @BookishBelle 2y
Erin7 @GingerAntics I totally agree. I felt like I‘d found a little piece of treasure when I came across that monologue. 2y
Erin7 I enjoyed this act overall. But I‘m definitely ready for the Rosalind, Celia, and Touchstone to take more of a lead in this story. Is there supposed to be meaning in the lyrics of the songs. I feel like I‘m catching meaning about the folly of men with lyrics like “Most friendship is feigning, most loving mere folly.” It‘s an interesting way to give the audience insight into the intent of the scene as it plays out, don‘t you think? 2y
GingerAntics @batsy oh, I hadn‘t considered angry plants! Yes. Good thinking. You get a pancake!!! 🥞 2y
Jess_Read_This @BookishBelle @GingerAntics 🤔Perhaps a collaboration is in order to create that lost play? 😂 2y
Jess_Read_This @batsy I love your observations on Jaques. I didn‘t consider that paradox in the scene and it‘s probably the most striking for me! 2y
Jess_Read_This @Erin7 You make me want to go back and reread the song lyrics.. I know I didn‘t lay close enough attention to them! Now that you point the words out and tie them into the play, I think I missed a good part. 2y
Jess_Read_This @GingerAntics @batsy Angry plants are definitely deserving of a 🥞!! I feel like instead of a gold star... we start handing out pancakes! 😌😂 2y
GingerAntics @Jess_Read_This @batsy now there is an idea! I usually give out cookies, but I think pancakes would be better. This is a brilliant idea. Good thinking. 2y
GingerAntics @Jess_Read_This are we collaborating to write it, or to go back in time and convince Will to write it? lol 2y
GingerAntics @batsy that is an interesting look at Jaques. I hadn‘t thought about it like that, but it makes sense. People pay more attention to the fool because they‘re entertaining. So if he has something to say, he‘s more likely to have an audience than in his current state, where he‘s totally written off. Hm. I may have to use that, actually. 2y
Jess_Read_This @GingerAntics I‘m completely willing to get in a time machine with you and convince our friend Will to get working on that play. And try the pancakes and mustard to settle the debate once and for all! 😉 But a real time collab would be some fun! (edited) 2y
GingerAntics @Erin7 I was wondering if the songs had a sort of double meaning/underlying meaning, or if it was just my imagination. It does seem that the songs are focused on the folly of men. It‘s also interesting with the idea that Jaques wants to be a fool to be taken seriously. So the question becomes, is Jaques being folly, or is everyone else being folly (thus making Jaques have/want to go to such extremes). 2y
GingerAntics @Jess_Read_This Hm, we may have to go read The Time Machine again to see if We can some building plans from it. 2y
BookishBelle @GingerAntics @Jess_Read_This @batsy I love the idea of angry plants and haunted trees! I‘m also in for the time travel to get that play written! A real time collab would be some fun too! 2y
batsy @GingerAntics Thank you! 😂🥞 2y
merelybookish I was reminded of Cymbeline in this Act, where nature and court are compared, and nature is argued to be superior. Pastoral life is where it's at! I find Jacques annoying @batsy! ☺️ You're so good to find meaning in his melancholy. My 10th grade English teacher pronounced his name as Jock-quese. (No French allowed?) 2y
batsy @merelybookish I missed this tag & just saw this. I find all that dour melancholy so amusing 😂 That's a great point about Cymbeline! A definite parallel there. And for pronunciation of Jaques, Touchstone makes a joke in Act 3 about the name and I looked it up and found this fun article https://www.spectator.co.uk/2016/05/the-dirty-jokes-that-tell-us-how-shakespeare... @Lcsmcat 2y
Jess_Read_This @merelybookish @batsy I didn‘t make the connection of Cymbeline with this Act- great observation! And that article was interesting- I would have had no clue the slang term Jaques could be depending on pronunciation. 2y
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🎭Act 1 seems to be setting us up for the play‘s unfolding.
-is there a certain character that stands out to you? A potential favorite, an annoying one, an oddball, an interesting one?
-Rosalind‘s associating falling in love as a sport. Does this bode well or reveal a depth of character?
-Orlando‘s tongue tied reaction to Rosalind- adorable or not?

🧐Overall,what are your thoughts/reactions on Act 1?

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Jess_Read_This Discussion Week 1: Below Might Be Quite Spoilery: 👻Reader Beware👻 (edited) 2y
Lcsmcat Touchstone is my absolute favorite! I think both the falling in love as sport and wanting to stay and see the wrestling sets R up to be the stronger of the 2 girls so the rest makes sense. (edited) 2y
Lcsmcat Not sure about Orlando, though Will does use the tongue-tied tripe to show true love (see Romeo). 😀 2y
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JennAndrew I‘m enjoying the word-play and overall manner between Rosalind and Celia the most so far, some enjoyable turns of phrase between the two of them. I wondered if perhaps Rosalind talking of love as sport might bely a deeper meaning? I felt she was perhaps craving love since her father was banished but perhaps didn‘t want to show such vulnerability, especially after Celia chided her for being unhappy? 2y
JennAndrew As for Orlando, he was a bit irritating to be honest. I know he has cause to be unhappy with his home situation, but he was moody and mopey and I felt he was easily duped into the wrestling, thus falling into his brother‘s trap, even though he ended up being victorious. @Lcsmcat - good point about the use of speechlessness- I just found it annoying! 😂 2y
JennAndrew Overall, I felt it was a great introductory act, setting up the events to unfold. Some delightful dialogue and humour, some interesting characters. I‘m just so eager to get into the forest! 😄🌳 2y
Jess_Read_This @JennAndrew I agree with all your observations. The word play with Rosalind and Celia was my favorite part of Act one.. combined with Touchstone‘s comedic relief, it was pure gold. Celia seems like such a logical and good friend. So far she‘s standing out for me. I‘m with you though... let‘s move on to the forest!! 🌲🌳🌲🌳🌲 (edited) 2y
Jess_Read_This @JennAndrew Orlando irritated me too! I found whiny and just kind of useless. Then I wondered if he won bc Charles had already wrestled three brothers before him... 😂 @Lcsmcat I didn‘t know tongue tied=love with Shakespeare. I haven‘t read R&J yet. That‘s a good observation to know! (edited) 2y
Jess_Read_This @Lcsmcat That‘s interesting you see as R as the stronger of the girls. I‘m still on the fence with her, I can see her really developing throughout the play. I kind of found Celia to be the logical voice of reason.. especially when R is already making an allusion to Orlando being the father of her children.. 😂 per the side note in my book. 2y
Jess_Read_This @Lcsmcat Touchstone is great. I‘m already looking forward to the banter as he travels with the girls. 2y
GingerAntics THE PANCAKES!!! I noticed that, too. There was a rather extended bit about pancakes, but no love for the mustard. Admittedly, I don‘t like mustard on my pancakes either. lol 2y
Jess_Read_This @GingerAntics 🥞🥞🥞🥞🥞 I was seriously distracted with the pancake banter. Touchstone left me wondering which is it... are the pancakes good or not?! Then my mind wandered to how pancakes were made in Shakespeare‘s time and before I knew it, I spent about 10 minutes contemplating pancakes. 😂 (edited) 2y
TheBookHippie @JennAndrew I'm with you!!!! I found Orlando annoying ! R, eh I'm not sure I would say she is the stronger she is on a mission and has tenacity though! Fun stuff!!!! 2y
BookishBelle I really enjoyed Act 1! I too found Orlando a little whiney... with good reason , I suppose. Celia is the character that stands out to me the most. She seems like a really good friend to Rosalind. I‘m not sure what to think about Rosalind. I find it very strange that she falls in love with Orlando just like that. And now I‘m craving pancakes. Thanks Touchstone! 2y
JennAndrew I‘m just re-reading before posting my 1st Act summary and I really am looking forward to more scenes between Rosalind, Celia & Touchstone. The way they torment Le Beau over the broken ribs is wonderfully pithy. I also really enjoyed R & C‘s discussion of Fortune‘s favour & the plight of women. Gender‘s obviously a big topic within the play and I‘m feeling solidarity with the cousins! 💪🏻 2y
GingerAntics @Jess_Read_This I almost made some myself, but we didn‘t have any of the necessary ingredients or pancake mix, but it definitely made me want them. Now that I think about it, did they make pancakes in late 16th century England? Clearly they did, or at least Shakespeare new about then. 2y
GingerAntics @Jess_Read_This really Jess, read this. Apparently Pancakes are linked with shrove Tuesday/Fat Tuesday? I didn‘t know that. Apparently that was a common use in England in Shakespeare‘s day (and it sounds like it still is - no idea why. “When William Shakespeare was alive Shrove Tuesday was much as it is today - that is people are a great deal of pancakes...The Tudors enjoyed heavily spiced foods, and regularly included ale or beer as ingredients (edited) 2y
GingerAntics @Jess_Read_This instead of water. They ate very rich foods, and their pancakes could have been enriched with rose water, sherry, eggs, ale or butter - or a mixture of them all.” Sadly we were out of all of that but the butter. The eggs would also seem to be necessary, as I don‘t think they had Bisquick in Tudor England, but I could be wrong. (edited) 2y
CSeydel @GingerAntics yep a lot of churches observe Shrove Tuesday (Mardi Gras) even today by having a pancake supper. The idea is to use up your eggs and butter before Ash Wednesday, when you start your fast for Lent. For the four weeks of Lent, you don‘t eat meat, eggs, butter, etc. (edited) 2y
GingerAntics @CSeydel advent is 4 weeks. Lent is 40 days. My Grandmother never made us give up butter or eggs, probably because she would have had nothing to cook for the 40 days + Sundays then. We weren‘t allowed meat on Friday‘s though. Where I grew up, chruch‘s did pancake suppers for Fridays in lent actually, since they had no meet. I went to catholic school and sometimes we would have them for lunch. 2y
CSeydel @GingerAntics Sorry, I didn‘t mean any offense 2y
merelybookish I'm behind. Couldn't bring myself to buy the ugly cover edition at my local used bookstore so ordered online. My pretty cover edition should be here soon. ☺ 2y
Riveted_Reader_Melissa I have to agree with everyone above. Love the girls and their fool, and the pancakes and mustard made me pause and ponder for a bit too.🤨 2y
batsy I have a soft spot for Celia! She seems clear-eyed and smart & asked the crucial question: "Um Rosalind, isn't it too soon for you to LOVE Orlando?" ? Touchstone, in the tradition of all Shakespearean fools, a great wit! The comparison between love & sport reminded me of the champions at the sport of verbal sparring, Beatrice and Benedick ? I don't mind Orlando, but what's up with Oliver & Frederick—were they just always this awful/nasty? ? 2y
Erin7 I‘m glad that others were caught off guard by how one encounter seeming to last minutes equates to love for Rosalind. Quick turn around on falling in Love is not uncommon in Shakespeare‘s work though, ya? I also found it interesting that she was quick to decide to become a man. I appreciate that it moves the story forward though. Orlando‘s entitled and jealous nature is definitely annoying. @Jess_Read_This side note-I loved Romeo and Juliet. 2y
Jess_Read_This @JennAndrew Oh yes!! I forgot all about the ribs discussion! That was a great one. 2y
Jess_Read_This @GingerAntics I really want the Tudor pancake recipe now!! I had no idea it was linked to Fat Tuesday... 2y
Jess_Read_This @merelybookish No worries!! It‘s quite important to have a pretty book for reading purposes! 2y
Jess_Read_This @CSeydel @GingerAntics @Riveted_Reader_Melissa 🥞All this pancake talk has me wanting pancakes for dinner now! How interesting. There was a show on PBS I saw awhile ago that had cooking in a Tudor castle kitchen and it was so fascinating. I have to try to research the name of it now. 2y
Jess_Read_This @batsy I‘m loving Celia. She‘s so level headed and just fun. Good point in the verbal sparring and sport tie in with Much Ado About Nothing! Oliver is just awful... plain awful. Nonchalantly telling his wrestler it‘s cool if he kills his brother! 2y
Jess_Read_This @Erin7 I read R&J in 9th grade and didn‘t appreciate it. I need to reread it. 2y
readinginthedark @JennAndrew @Jess_Read_This @Riveted_Reader_Melissa @batsy I‘m loving the connection between the girls but the banter doesn‘t seem quite up to par with the other plays we‘ve read so far. Maybe that‘s just me. Touchstone is pretty great and our first real introduction to witty fools in the Readathon (with the exception of the deceased Yorick, of course😉). 2y
readinginthedark @Jess_Read_This @GingerAntics @Riveted_Reader_Melissa @CSeydel @BookishBelle Touchstone‘s comment about pancakes and mustard was followed by a reflection that the gentleman had eaten neither. Given what you all were saying, maybe he used pancakes and mustard as his example because they weren‘t foods eaten frequently? 2y
readinginthedark @merelybookish I‘m behind, too! And I think you‘re justified not buying an ugly copy. 😉 2y
GingerAntics @readinginthedark maybe... but it made me hungry for pancakes. lol 2y
GingerAntics @readinginthedark MAYBE SHAKESPEARE HAD A DEAL WITH THE VERY FIRST PANCAKE MIX!!! lol Maybe it was made by a company called “Mustard.” lol 2y
readinginthedark @GingerAntics 😆I want pancakes now, too! We should do a group pancake thing during the As You Like It Readalong! I‘m curious now if we‘d have a bunch of different kinds or all the same. I won‘t be eating mine with mustard, though! 😝 2y
GingerAntics @readinginthedark I don‘t eat anything with mustard, so I‘ll be with you on that one. 2y
Jess_Read_This @GingerAntics @readinginthedark What?!!! PANCAKE product placement in the play??? 😂 Shakespeare must have invested in both a pancake maker and mustard maker‘s business. 🤔 2y
Jess_Read_This @readinginthedark I was wondering how often pancakes and mustard were eaten too. Spices were limited during that timeframe? I was curious how available mustard seeds/plants were to make mustard. (edited) 2y
BookishBelle @GingerAntics @readinginthedark @Jess_Read_This I don‘t know about whether these were foods eaten infrequently but I do know that I am still craving pancakes! I think a group pancake thing would be fun! I make ‘healthy-ish‘ pancakes with oats, chia seeds, flax seed meal, and (some) whole wheat flour. My sister calls them fiber discs. Probably not what they ate back in Shakespeare‘s days. 😆 2y
BookishBelle @merelybookish I totally support you not buying the one with the ugly cover!! 2y
GingerAntics @Jess_Read_This it‘s possible. He‘s got to keep the lamps on somehow. lol From what I could find, the upper class could import spices from all over the world, and enjoyed sweet and spicy dishes. The poor probably only had what they could grow of find naturally on their given location. 2y
readinginthedark @Jess_Read_This @GingerAntics We should scour his plays for other potential product placements! Hm... 🤔 2y
readinginthedark @Jess_Read_This @GingerAntics @BookishBelle I make different pancakes almost every time, but I think my favorite was whole wheat pumpkin pancakes. I like to mix and match recipes. Maybe I should try something completely new for this occasion! 2y
GingerAntics @readinginthedark just no mustard. 2y
GingerAntics @readinginthedark @Jess_Read_This this needs to happen. Keeping an eye out for product placement from now on. Anything that is repeated multiple tines rapid fire (like pancakes) is suspect!!! 2y
readinginthedark @GingerAntics Done! 🧐🧐🧐 2y
BookishBelle @Jess_Read_This @GingerAntics @readinginthedark Ooh! Whole wheat pumpkin pancakes sound yummy!! I‘m planning pancakes for supper Saturday and it‘s all Touchstone‘s fault!! 🙃 2y
readinginthedark @BookishBelle Good dinner food! 👌🏻 2y
Jess_Read_This @GingerAntics @readinginthedark No product placement that I noticed in Act 2... just a reference to a biscuit but nothing suspect. 😂 2y
Jess_Read_This @BookishBelle @GingerAntics @readinginthedark I picked up a box of Kodiak Peanut Butter pancake mix for Sunday breakfast this weekend. I couldn‘t go any longer without having a pancake breakfast after all this 🥞 talk!! 2y
BookishBelle Lol! @Jess_Read_This I totally understand!! 🥞 4 life!! 😁 2y
readinginthedark @Jess_Read_This 😂Stay vigilant! And I know! I‘ve been craving pancakes every day since the discussion started but haven‘t had time to make them! 2y
Jess_Read_This @readinginthedark Same here! My husband was baffled why I was so adamant we have pancakes this weekend. He said “I didn‘t know you liked pancakes so much” 😂 2y
readinginthedark That‘s awesome! 🤣 2y
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🎭A huge thank you to @elkeo for this gem of a book that has me snickering quietly to myself on the couch like a crazy lady.
My insult game is vastly elevated now... if only I could hurl these vicious darts without breaking out into laughter. 😂

🎭 #ShakespeareReadAlong Littens, this is a must read.

#StillGiggling #GettingNothingDoneToday #TheBard

elkeo_TheBookDragon I might need to call someone, anyone, an incontinent abomination today 😹😹 2y
Jess_Read_This @elkeo 🤣 I think that is now my new favorite insult... so much classier than a**hat.... 😂 2y
APLitlife Ahhh! I want! We do this in my class. The kids love it. 2y
GingerAntics OOOOOOH I NEED THAT!!! Definitely hunting down a copy of that. 😏 2y
LeahBergen Awesome! 😂 2y
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🎭 Diving into Act 1🎭

Has anyone used this Shakespeare companion book before? My uncle lent me his copy and I‘m finding it quite interesting!

#AsYouLikeIt #ShakespeareReadAlong #TheBard

Lcsmcat No, I haven‘t. I‘ll be interested to hear what you think. 2y
readinginthedark Ooh, I‘ve heard of it but never used it! Let us know how it is! 2y
Jess_Read_This @Lcsmcat @readinginthedark I‘ll let you know! He is a speech professor and also teaches a few Shakespeare classes for fun. I mentioned our readalong to him and asked for any thoughts on the play. He said he had a great book for me to check out and loaned me this one. 2y
LauraBrook Yes, I really like this book! I bought it during my Shakespeare class in college *cough20yearsagocough* and really enjoyed it. 2y
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Much ADO about Nothing | William Shakespeare
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Conrade: “Away! You are an ass, you are an ass”

Solid quote. I may be using this in real life on a frequent basis... 🤔 A 5⭐️ story of humor, betrayal, love, and wit. I laughed and also got angry at the injustice. All of which point to a successful play if it can put you through a gamut of emotions. Thanks @readinginthedark for organizing the read along.

More thoughts below:
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Jess_Read_This @batsy @merelybookish I think we were talking about Margaret‘s duplicity in the last Act? I still don‘t buy into the innocence she claims. She wore Hero‘s clothes??? For what purpose? 2y
Jess_Read_This What was up with the ending?? Beatrice claiming not to love Benedick??? What just happened from earlier. Thank god he is still a smitten kitten over her.... (edited) 2y
readinginthedark The Whedon movie version puts an interesting interpretation on Margaret and Borachio‘s affair. He‘s kind of obsessed with Hero and she‘s in love with him, so she does what he asks. @batsy @merelybookish (edited) 2y
Jess_Read_This @readinginthedark Now that is an interesting interpretation! And adds a whole other layer to the plot. 2y
readinginthedark I think Beatrice was worried about how public the situation was with Benedick calling her out in front of everyone and asking before stating his own feelings, just the same way that they had to be told each other‘s feelings before declaring their own. 2y
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