By Mary Cowden Clarke
Mary Cowden Clarke (1809-98) was once the daughter of the writer Vincent Novello. She produced a whole concordance to Shakespeare's works in 1845, and her fascination with the performs resulted in her publishing in 1850 a chain of ingenious debts of the girlhood of a few of his heroines. Her rationale was once 'to think the prospective situations and affects of scene, occasion, and affiliate, surrounding the child lifetime of his heroines, which would have conduced to originate and foster these germs of personality regarded of their adulthood as by way of him built; to conjecture what could have been the 1st imperfect dawnings of that which he has proven us within the meridian blaze of perfection'. those 'prequels' provide a back-story that's astonishing in its subversive interpretation of the performs and particularly of the position of the 'hero'. quantity 1 contains the tales of Portia and girl Macbeth.
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Mary Cowden Clarke (1809-98) was once the daughter of the writer Vincent Novello. She produced a whole concordance to Shakespeare's works in 1845, and her fascination with the performs resulted in her publishing in 1850 a sequence of ingenious money owed of the girlhood of a few of his heroines. Her cause was once 'to think the potential situations and impacts of scene, occasion, and affiliate, surrounding the child lifetime of his heroines, which would have conduced to originate and foster these germs of personality known of their adulthood as by way of him built; to conjecture what could have been the 1st imperfect dawnings of that which he has proven us within the meridian blaze of perfection'.
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At length Guido was roused from his reverie, by a pause in his friend's speech, and by some remark that fell from him a moment after, touching the superlative beauty of Belmont, and his regret that this delicious holiday was drawing to a close. " But three days more," added he, " and we must return to Padua; to relinquish the delights of Belmont, for study, college discipline, and recluse assiduity. " The sigh, the mournful cadence of the voice, gave the young Count the encouragement that lovers invariably gather from a betrayal of emotion in the object beloved.
Nerissa looked at Portia for a moment, then took one of the offered sweets, and next held out her rosy mouth, as she had been taught to do, that she might loss her thanks; but she still maintained her grasp of Balthazar's skirt, Portia went back to the table for a nectarine, and returning a^ain, THE HEIRESS OF BELMONT. " The little hand dropped its hold of the attendant's coat, and was given confidingly to this new friend, who led her in a sort of triumph to Bellario. The acquaintance thus begun, went on prosperously.
He stoops his face towards her's—I do believe " She paused and gasped. " So saying, she hurried down the marble steps with all the speed the stiffness of her dignity would allow, and bustled along the avenue, like an enraged goose, fluttering, and sputtering, and screaming. When she reached the lovers, who, seeing and hearing this discordant approach, came towards her, to discover its meaning, she could scarcely articulate a word, but panted out:—" I am surprised, Signorina, that " " Stay, Madame Ursula;" interrupted Guido smiling.
The Girlhood of Shakespeare’s Heroines, Volume 1: In a Series of Fifteen Tales by Mary Cowden Clarke