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Philaster

Francis Beaumont and John Fletcher

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Book Excerpt: 
. . .I'le go no further than your eye, or lip,
                There's theme enough for one man for an age.

Meg. Sir, they stand right, and my lips are yet even,
                Smooth, young enough, ripe enough, red enough,
                Or my glass wrongs me.

Pha. O they are two twin'd Cherries died in blushes,
                Which those fair suns above, with their bright beams
                Reflect upon, and ripen: sweetest beauty,
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Community Reviews

Most of the business with the princess is ridiculous, she falls in love with this random man for no foreseeable reason, at one point she tells him to kill her and gets pissed at someone else for trying to stop him from killing her, then after she's gone through this horrible run of pretty much every

Read as part of the Shakespeare Institute "Extra Mile" online readathon in the lockdown summer of 2020

Beaumont and Fletcher in all probability, and part of the repertoire of the King's Men (Shakespeare's company) at the Globe and Blackfriars Theatre around 1609. A bonkers play with lots of the class

dissappointed after the island princess and the tamer tamed but still v obsessed with fletcher

One scene in each act. Not a bad story, pretty entertaining.

**spoiler alert**
Prince Pharamond is literally found sleeping with Megra and everyone just forgives and forgets, but Megra makes up a lie that Arethusa slept with Bellario and it's instantly the scandal of the century.

I liked the poetry but the plot of this play is rather weird - I suppose it's a tragicomedy. The ending leaves one character forlorn while most of the others are happy.

if you want to read a renaissance play about gender mayhem, this one's for you.

There are some legitimately beautiful lines in this play, but the plotting is scattered to the four winds and the reveal at the end was a groaner.

Worth checking out if you're interested in Jacobean tragicomedy. This play of jealousy and deception has some great characters. I especially liked Megara and Galatea as to women with completely opposite sensibilities. While the plot may become ridiculous at point, it is rarely boring. It should be n