21 March 2013
Congee: finished Merchant of Venice, embarked on the Grand High Reread of the four plays Henry VI 1-3 + Richard III. This covers the loss of France, the Wars of the Roses and Richard III.
Shakespeare, in writing lines for the Gentiles in Merchant of Venice, manages to make them trivial villains, especially Lorenzo and Jessica, without making Shylock worthy. The play cannot escape the fact that Shakespeare’s overall mood had not yet browned, darkened, or cracked by the death of children and the onset of the 17 century, a century of disaster for so many, disaster which a man like Shakespeare sensed. “On such a night”: Lorenzo and Jessica are still permitted innocent enjoyment.
Yesterday’s workout was 20 minutes on the antique rowing machine as was today’s.