Second, I'm going to say: "Look at those notes if you feel like it. But don't if you don't feel like it."
Third, I'm going to say: "Shakespeare doesn't belong to the Experts. Shakespeare belongs to you." Feel free to turn that into a bumper sticker, if you like.
Okay, back to the project at hand. I'm going to ask several open-ended, conversational questions about the first scene and a half of the play. If those questions are a helpful way of organizing your thoughts, you can answer them in the comments. If they aren't, say whatever you want to say about the reading. But please, please, please comment, either here or privately to me in an email. With your permission I'll then quote you anonymously here. Believe me, people want to hear what you have to say.
Today, and today only, I will answer my own questions myself as soon as I post them. This is only my way of jumpstarting a pattern of response. I do not want to assume the role of Expert, nor do I want to control readers' perceptions. In the future I will comment only after two or three other readers have commented.
Conversation Starters for A Winter's Tale, act 1, scene 1 through scene 2, line 1081. What word or phrase in this section was most beautiful, or strange, or annoying, or disturbing, or in any other way particularly noteworthy? Why?2. What surprised you about the characters or their conversation?3. What confused you about the characters or their conversation?4. Who's your favorite character so far, and why?
For next week: Let's finish scene 2.