Anyway, those are my thoughts about the section. What are yours?
Monday, May 10, 2010
A Winter's Tale, Act 4, Scene 4, Lines 324-594
As we read this section, Paul and I were both struck by the re-ascendancy of Camillo, who, once again, finds himself forced to deal with the impossible expectations of an unreasonable king. It seems to me that this would be an interesting and rather difficult role to act (though what do I know? I've never acted on stage since I played the Ghost of Christmas Past in fifth grade). Camillo is both honest and underhanded, both loyal and disloyal. He is, as Florizel says, "the medicine of our house." I think that's a remarkable description of the character and yet another example of the precision of Shakespeare's language--a phrase that conjures up complexity and solidity . . . rather like Camillo himself.