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“The arts,” we were told, “are the soul of the city.”
And this was the falsest note in an otherwise brilliant evening that revived the actual soul of the city: the human beings created in God’s image. The Winter’s Tale, the Shakespeare play that followed, showed the audience, the soul of the city, what we need: Hermione.
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God knows we need Hermione, Shakespeare’s Hermione, just now. Nobody can be commanded to be Hermione, the severe mercy of her medicine for a king and a culture is too harsh on her for anyone to say that any she must to Hermione. There are rare souls that wish to be, have the grace to be Hermione, and if unforced and unbidden, they are like Hermione: all can well.
If one wishes to destroy grace and mercy is t know: he slightest hint of coercion, what the play describes as tyranny, leads to guilt, shame, or force toward Hermione . The character Hermione forgives (nearly) unforgivable errors and sins and forces a sixteen year repentance of a tyrant. She makes possible a happy ending, because she is strong, unyielding, virtuous, and deeply in love with her husband.
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He does not deserve her, he cannot demand anything from her, but she saves the city. Our American time is all Romeo and Juliet done with decadence, but The Winter’s Tale is the cure. Juliet wants what she wants and keeps...
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