SHAKESPEARE ALOUD

Two Gents Act 4, Scene 3 – Antico Forno, Boston’s Italian North End

How funny to be here in the North End, Boston’s famed Italian district, for my first videotaping in the United States.  We just ate a fabulous meal at Antica Forno, and now I’m kicking off the American leg of the journey – which will be most if not all of the rest – in what comes closest to Verona where I come from.

And one of the most memorable moments so far – one of the wait staff dropped off a little note while I was reading that said, “Did we miss Titus Andronicus?”  I thought that was pretty witty.  No friends, we’ll come to Titus later on this summer!  Hopefully by August…

With me are my friends Chris and Abigail Mancini.  Chris and I went to college together and we’re enjoying this day to the max as we haven’t seen each other in a long time.  Lots more coming through today – it was a GREAT day for filming as there was so much going on in Boston.

Notables about this scene.  First of all, I love Eglamour, and his name was no doubt taken from a ballad called “Sir Eglamour” where a knight slays a dragon.  There’s a mention of this song here, Silvia says:

11            O Eglamour, thou art a gentleman –

12            Think not I flatter, for I swear I do not –

13            Valiant, wise, remorseful, well accomplished.

According to Duffin, this passage as well as the one in the first Lucetta/Julia scene would bring the song to mind.  Here’s famed Sir Eglamour himself, whose love was lost and who has honorably vowed chastity, helping Silvia in her hour of need.

I love this scene for no good reason.  It’s a mini balcony scene, and they’re not lovers, though Eglamour possibly wishes it were so.  It’s a scene robbed from a chivalrous tradition where knights could speak love with ladies and still be expected to refrain themselves.  They share lines, they speak excellent blank verse, and they care about each other sincerely.  I also am a big fan of Sir Eglamour in this play.

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