By Jane Smiley
A winning Iowa farmer comes to a decision to divide his farm among his 3 daughters. while the youngest items, she is lower out of his will. This units off a series of occasions that brings darkish truths to gentle and explodes long-suppressed feelings. An formidable reimagining of Shakespeare’s King Lear forged upon a regular American neighborhood within the past due 20th century, A Thousand Acres takes on subject matters of fact, justice, love, and satisfaction, and divulges the attractive but treacherous topography of humanity.
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Passage 17: Rosalind 27. Passage 18: This Wide and Universal Theatre 28. Passage 18, Continued: The World as a Stage Henry V 29. Passage 19: O, for a Muse of Fire! 30. Henry the Patriot Interlude 31. Hooray for Heminges and Condell PART THREE Hamlet 32. Passage 20: What a Piece of Work Is a Man 33. Passage 21: Who’s There? 34. Passage 22: The Advice of Polonius 35. Hamlet’s Soliloquies 36. Passage 23: O, What a Rogue and Peasant Slave Am I! 37. The End of the Story 38. Passage 24: The Most Famous Words in the World 39.
For the lovers in this play, love is a dream, a midsummer night’s dream, a dream that can change as quickly as lightning in the coal-black night. CHAPTER 8 Passage 3 Bottom’s Dream I have had a most rare vision. I have had a dream past the wit of man to say what dream it was. … The eye of man hath not heard, the ear of man hath not seen, man’s hand is not able to taste, his tongue to conceive, nor his heart to report what my dream was. I will get Peter Quince to write a ballad of this dream. It shall be called “Bottom’s Dream” because it hath no bottom.
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A Thousand Acres: A Novel by Jane Smiley