Monthly Archives: May 2009

Scene 10

Leir is depressed.  Cornwall tries to cheer him up, but Leir hears none of it.  Cornwall appeals to an entering Gonorill to help, but Leir suggests that she would rather see him dead than alive.  (Curious that Cornwall seems to know nothing of what seems to be happening between Leir and Gonorill.)   Gonorill is hostile […]

Scene 9

Gonorill complains to Skalliger that Leir demands too much of her, and complains bitterly at every expense. She alone bears his expenses while Ragan goes free.  What should she do “to rid me of this woe”?  He recommends cutting his allowance in half, the better he may appreciate it.  She has already done this. On […]

Scene 8

In a monologue, Perillus reports that Leir has gone to Cornwall, but that Gonorill treats him horribly. Despite his patience and forbearance, she abuses him and shames him, and has taken away half his pension.  He hopes to counsel Leir as best he can. Scene 7 . . . Directory . . . Scene 9 […]

Scene 7

Mumford and the Gallian King come in as pilgrims.  Mumford calls him “my lord” twice, rebuked by the king, who decides they shall call themselves “Tresillus” and “Denapoll.”  Mumford thinks these names absurd, so they choose Will and Jack.  Cordella enters, a fairer creature then ere they beheld.  She is talking to herself.  She curses […]

Scene 6

Gonorill and Ragan wonder about Cordella’s absence, but gloat at having helped her fall, as they are both insanely jealous of her beauty.  A sexual joke ensues, on parsons and nothing.  They espy the arrival of Cambria and Cornwall.  Leir comes in, determined in his course, having sent letters of marriage contract to the two. […]

Scene 5

Cornwall, going to Leir to accept the invitation to marry Gonorill, meets Cambria, also going to Leir to accept the invitation to marry Ragan and share with Cornwall the present kingdom.  They are marveling at their luck, but wonder about rare and beautiful Cordella, who gets no part, but seems to be heading for a […]

Scene 4

The Gallian King desires to go to England and attempt to marry one of Leir’s daughters.  His follower Mumford wishes to go as well, so that he might woo the English girls.  The king talks Mumford into going as companions disguised as pilgrims or monks. Scene 3 . . . Directory . . . Scene […]

Scene 3

Leir meditates alone on his plan to marry off his daughters, unaware that they know his plans.  He admits some indefinite apprehension, but his daughters arrive “to rid me of this doubt.”   Alluding to the near prospects of his death, he asks which daughter loves him best, put in terms of yielding to his wishes.  […]

Scene 2

Gonorill and Ragan complain about the impertinence of Cordella – so sober, courteous, demure, modest, precise, so talked about as exceeding the two.  They fear most that she would marry best.  But Skalliger comes in to inform them of Leir’s intentions to marry Ragan to Cambria and Gonorill to Cornwall, and his hope for Cordella […]

Scene 1

Leir discusses with noble advisors his intent to divide his kingdom among his daughters, lamenting the loss of his wife, that he really cannot parent them, and his failure to bear a son before his loins were withered.  He sees Gonorill and Ragan capitalizing on their new power to obtain husbands already in sight, but […]